On September 1, a meeting of High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova with the students of Russian State University of Justice took place. She delivered the first lecture in the new academic year on human and civil rights and freedoms.
Tatiana Moskalkova spoke about the world and national history of the Ombudsman institution, its significance and role. The High Commissioner also marked the main directions of her activity, paying special attention to working with citizens' appeals.
In her speech, the ombudswoman told about the complaints coming to her and gave specific examples of rights’ protection. The federal ombudswoman also highlighted the main trends in the dynamics of appeals. In the first half of 2020 alone, more than 20 thousand complaints were received, while for the entire 2019 - 38 thousand.
According to the High Commissioner, the subject matter of the appeals includes the entire spectrum of socio-economic and political problems in society.
«In the first place are appeals related to housing problems: people are in waiting lists for social housing for too long; citizens have not been relocated from dilapidated houses to new accommodation for many years. The second largest group of complaints relate to criminal prosecution, initiation of criminal cases or refusals to initiate them, excessive length of investigations, falsification of evidences, and sometimes obtaining of testimony by violent means», Tatiana Moskalkova noted.
The High Commissioner paid special attention to international cooperation, legislation improvement, legal education of citizens.
At the end of the speech, students from various branches of the university asked questions to the federal ombudswoman in a videoconferencing mode.
At the end of the meeting, Tatiana Moskalkova wished the students success in the new academic year and invited them to do an internship at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation.