Tatiana Moskalkova: it is necessary to improve the law on assistance to victims of emergency situations

14 September 2017
Tatiana Moskalkova: it is necessary to improve the law on assistance to victims of emergency situations

On September 14, in Khabarovsk, High Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova together with Vyacheslav Shport, the head of the region, Russian Commissioners and regional heads of government, took part in an expanded meeting of the Coordinating Council of Russian Human Rights Ombudspersons in the Far Eastern Federal District.

Participants of the event discussed issues of restoring the rights of citizens affected by natural emergencies. Governor Vyacheslav Shport said that the region has accumulated vast experience in this area.

"Four years ago the region experienced a large-scale flood. This emergency situation has become for all of us a test of strength. Together with human rights defenders, we had to solve many legal conflicts, work informally, prevent bureaucratic delays", the Governor of the Khabarovsk Territory said.

In turn, Tatiana Moskalkova noted that in 2013, thanks to joint interaction, the Khabarovsk Territory managed to avoid human losses, as well as to restore the rights of citizens affected by the emergency. "To date this issue is one of the priorities in the field of rights protection," said the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation.

Tatiana Moskalkova also drew attention to the fact that, based on the practice of the regions, it is necessary to amend the federal law, which was adopted in 1994.

"In legislative terms, today we have an absolutely unresolved issue of a unified approach in matters of compensation for harm. The federal law on emergency protection measures does not contain norms that would determine the procedure for compensation of damage already caused by emergency situations. Perhaps, we need a fundamentally new law", the High Commissioner said.

In the end, Tatiana Moskalkova stressed that still in a number of regions there are failures in payments to the victims, legal procedures continue. According to the High Commissioner, it is also necessary to develop a set of preventive measures at the federal level to protect the population from emergency situations.

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