Source: Russian Federation Government 2
On October 19, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova spoke at MGIMO at the opening of advanced training courses for civil servants and judges on the topic “Implementation of international and constitutional guarantees of human rights in Russian law and law enforcement practice.”
The event was attended by First Vice-Rector of MGIMO Gennady Tolstopyatenko, Director of the Department of European Cooperation of the Russian Foreign Ministry Nikolay Kobrinets, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejcinovic-Buric, Russian Representative at the European Court of Human Rights Mikhail Galperin, Secretary of the Public Chamber Lidia Mikheeva.
During her speech, the Commissioner emphasized the critical importance and relevance of international cooperation as well as the creation of professionals in the field of international law and human rights protection.
«International cooperation is a very important part of our life. Each of you, working in your institution, necessarily uses the instruments of international cooperation, because it is impossible to build a new world without it» – said Tatiana Moskalkova.
The federal ombudswoman also noted that advanced training courses are opening in the year of the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The institution of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, which today plays a unique role in ensuring human rights and freedoms in Russia, was created immediately after the entry of the Russian Federation into the Council of Europe in 1996 and the ratification of the Convention.
“A person who is looking for the truth can turn to outside the judicial, law enforcement, departmental system to the independent Commissioner for Human Rights at the federal level, to the Commissioner for Human Rights in the constituent entity of the Russian Federation” – the federal ombudswoman noted.
According to the Commissioner, state human rights defenders have exceptional human rights protection mechanisms.
For almost 5 years, more than 1 million people have contacted the federal and regional Commissioners; hundreds of thousands have been helped.
Among them, more than 7 thousand people took out loans in foreign currency, mortgaged their apartments and could not pay off the debt due to the unstable exchange rate. These people came to the ombudsmen and received aid from the state in the amount of 2 billion rubles, keeping their homes. In addition, 2 Russian-Ukrainian exchanges took place and more than 75 people returned to their families. Labor rights, the right to social security, a fair investigation of criminal cases and much more have been done.
Tatyana Moskalkova is closely following the measures taken at the national, regional and international levels to combat the pandemic. This summer, a joint seminar was held to discuss the Council of Europe’s Guidelines for Compliance with the Principles of Democracy, the Rule of Law and Human Rights in an Epidemiological Crisis. An exchange of information and best practices in this area was carried out together with European colleagues and Russian regional ombudsmen for human rights. Currently, work on a collection of reports and speeches following the online seminar and a special report on protecting the rights of citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic is going to an end.
The federal ombudswoman once again underlined that the institution of the state human rights activist cooperates with the Council of Europe on a number of programs – protection of women, protection of family and motherhood, ensuring the rights of prisoners, support of small indigenous peoples and others.
Concluding her speech, the Commissioner thanked attendees for their attention and expressed hope for the further development of international cooperation and global solidarity for the sake of peace, progress, human rights and freedoms.