On 10 August, High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Tatiana Moskalkova participated in the meeting of the International Ombudsman Institute in Asia held in Kazan, the Republic of Tatarstan, for the first time.
Giving a speech at the opening of the meeting, Tatiana Moskalkova stressed that the information revolution of the 21st century had fundamentally changed the life of humankind. According to the High Commissioner, information technologies provide new opportunities for ensuring the citizens’ rights, such as the right to information, transparency of state bodies’ work and court proceedings. At the same time, alongside with gifts of the technical progress, it had brought new threats to the world. In this context, national human rights protection institutions had faced quite new challenges.
“Today we, human rights defenders, look for new ways to protect a person and ensure a new move forward,” the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia said.
The High Commissioner noted that the Annual Report 2016 would pay a specific attention to the issues of prevention of and counteraction to law infringements committed with the use of the Internet. She also said she would elaborate proposals on human rights protection in the information spheres.
On 10 August, a round table called ‘Information Technologies and Human Rights: the Experience of the Republic of Tatarstan’ was held within the framework of the event. The High Commissioner told about the prospects of the human rights institution development in the context of the IT evolution. At present, the Russian Federation implements the IT Industry Development Strategy, as well as the
The use of ITs can significantly improve activity of Russian human rights commissioners as well. "We have a goal to develop a unified strategy of human rights protection, including with the use of information technologies," underlined Tatiana Moskalkova.
In some regions there are successful examples of electronic waiting lists for housing and places in kindergartens. The High Commissioner said that such transparency is directly linked to improving social stability and soothing social tension.
Tatiana Moskalkova commended the positive experience of the Republic of Tatarstan that implements The People’s Control electronic system to render services to the public. The regional Commissioner has access to the system and is empowered to control proper consideration and handling of citizens’ requests.
The participants in the meeting discussed the issues of IT implementation in protection of human rights and freedoms of certain categories of citizens and exchanged their experience in the use of innovations to provide free legal assistance. In addition, as part of the event the High Commissioner and her counterparts made a tour around the IT Park which hosted the round table.
Human rights commissioners from other regions of the Russian Federation and ombudsmen from 15 countries are also taking part in the meeting.