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Moscow Region Commissioner presented a report on activities for 2017

09 April 2018
Moscow Region Commissioner presented a report on activities for 2017

On April 5, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Moscow Region Ekaterina Semenova presented a final report on her activities in 2017 at a meeting of the Moscow Region Duma.
According to the ombudswoman, in 2017, the Commissioner for Human Rights received more than 12 thousand complaints and appeals.

"If we talk about the categories of citizens who appealed to the Commissioner’s Office in 2017, first of all, these are ordinary people who do not have any status- there are more than 55% of such citizens. Other applicants are people in isolation, disabled people, shareholders, pensioners, large families, military people, foreigners, legal representatives of the minors," the ombudswoman said.

Ekaterina Semenova clarified that the shareholders were treated as a separate category of applicants, since in 2017 the number of appeals from them twofold increased:

2016- 52 appeals from the participants of share construction;
2017- 123 appeals from the participants of share construction.

The Commissioner noticed that more than 40% of appeals concerned social issues. They related to medical care, medicines, social support measures for certain categories of citizens. The ombudswoman highlighted the most pressing issues. One of them was the optimization of the health system, the closure of feldsher-midwife stations.

"In such cases, citizens fear that medical care will become less available for them. I have received an appeal on the issue of the closure of surgical departments and therapeutic profiles in the Department of Shatura Central District Hospital in the village of Dmitrovsky Pogost. The applicants were concerned that residents of the remote rural settlements would not be able to get professional help in time," she said.

Ekaterina Semyonova noted, that in the framework of the adopted federal law, since 2018, the decision to reduce or close medical institutions can be made only taking into account the opinion of citizens. «I’m drawing the attention of the regional Ministry of Health to the necessity of compliance with the law," she pointed out.

The appeals, related to the provision of vital medical supplies of patients suffering from oncological diseases and diabetes, are under special control of the regional ombudsperson.
Ekaterina Semyonova suggested considering a mechanism of issuance of certificates to people for independent acquisition of medicines.

"The terms of preferential medical provision do not provide for compensation of expenses for self-acquired medicines, which people do not agree with. I think, it would be fair to enshrine in legislation the possibility to receive compensation for the expenses for the independent purchase of original medicines for certain categories of citizens due to the individual intolerance of other medicines," the ombudswoman clarified.

In 2017, the staff of the Commissioner’s Office visited all the 11 psychoneurological boarding houses in the Moscow Region. During the verifications, systemic problems were revealed. Some of them require legislative changes, especially, in relation to the functioning of the institution of guardianship and trusteeship with regard to those who live on the premises.

Ekaterina Semyonova highlighted in her speech the topic of violation of citizens' rights to a favorable environment. Particularly, it concerns the operation of garbage dumps, many of which are located in close proximity to settlements.

All observations and proposals will be presented at the meeting of Coordinating Council of Russian Commissioners, which will be held in summer and chaired by the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation.

Moreover, in the past year, upon instructions from Ekaterina Semyonova, 4 monitoring surveys were organized on the following topics: monitoring the activities of the commissions assessing the suitability of living quarters, observing the labor rights of convicts in correctional institutions of the Moscow Region, establishing tax benefits for certain categories of citizens and monitoring the practice of providing these categories of citizens with housing under contracts of social rent. All conclusions will be presented to the Governor of the Moscow Region for improving the work of local authorities.

Adapted from the press service of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Moscow Region

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