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Sverdlovsk Commissioner awarded for contribution to indigenous people’s lifestyle protection

07 June 2016
Sverdlovsk Commissioner awarded for contribution to indigenous people’s lifestyle protection

The Association of Indigenous People of the North, Siberia and Far East of the Russian Federation awarded Commissioner for Human Rights in Sverdlovsk Region Tatiana Merzlyakova with the public medal ‘For Fidelity to the North’. It was given for the great contribution to the development of the movement of indigenous people of the North, Siberia and Far East, the protection of their rights, natural habitat, traditional lifestyle and crafts.

The Commissioner for Human Rights in Sverdlovsk Region considers protection of the rights of representatives of indigenous peoples of the North one of her priority tasks. She supported the programme of social and economic development of the city of Ivdel as a living area of Mansi people, initiated the construction of houses in forest settlements and a school teaching the national language, history and culture in Ushma village. To protect the natural habitat of Mansi people Tatiana Merzlyakova stood for the establishment of a specially protected natural territory the Ivdelsky Landscape Reserve. The decision about its formation was adopted by the Government of Sverdlovsk Region in 2013.

Adopted from the Press Service of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Sverdlovsk Region

Photo: open sources

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