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05 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 22342)  

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Title Roundtable of regional ombudsmen from the Russian federation 
Description Discussions on modalities and possibilities to strengthen the HR work of existing structures and explore possibilities to further set up new ones. In addition to the discussion of a number of specific concerns among the Russian regional and federal ombudsmen, the roundtable will focus on two topics on substance:
''The protection and promotion by national human rights structures of the right to good administration''
''Judging the performance of national human rights structures and deciding on the means made available to them: How preserve the respect of their independence ?''

A thematic handbook in English, French and Russian will be published following the roundtable and will be disseminated for the use of NHRSs and other human rights actors. 
Status Completed 
Date 02/07/2008 - 03/07/2008 
Location St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Countries CoE Members: Albania / Armenia / Azerbaijan / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Croatia / Georgia / Republic of Moldova / Montenegro / Russian Federation / ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'' / Turkey / Ukraine
Others: Kosovo*
  Joint Programme Activity - Peer project
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP Peer project - Setting up an active network of independent non-judicial Human Rights Structures in the Council of Europe member States which are not members of the European Union    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2008/DGHL/JP/1765   Assisting National Human Rights Structures (NHRSs)
Expected Result 1.1 - National human rights structures with independent and efficient functioning in conformity with the Paris Principles are established and/or strengthened at national, regional or local level.
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Human Rights
Line of Action ⇒ I.2 – Protecting and promoting Human Rights through the other CoE institutions and mechanisms
Programme ☆ I.2.1  Commissioner for Human Rights

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Round Table 
Directorate Human Rights and Legal Affairs 
CoE Contact FREYMANN, Delphine   email
Partners Saint Petersburg Center for Humanities and Political Studies ''Strategy'' - National Institution
Web Pages
Documents & links
1 http://www.coe.int/t/commissioner/activities/themes/nhrspeertopeer_EN.asp?  
Last Modified 23/04/2009 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 22342) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) The Joint European Union – Council of Europe Programme “Setting up an active network of independent non judicial human rights structures”, or “Peer-to-Peer Project”, aims to empower national human rights structures (NHRSs, i.e. ombudsmen and national institutions) to help prevent and find solutions to human rights violations more effectively at domestic level.

Within this framework, a Roundtable of Russian Ombudsmen was organised in St Petersburg, in cooperation with the St Petersburg Humanitarian and Political Science “Strategy” Centre. This Round Table was the follow up to yearly Round tables organised in the past by the Office of the Commissioner.

These gatherings of Federal and Regional Russian Ombudsmen together with the Office of the Commissioner allow for plenary discussions on significant topics concerning the Human Rights situation in the Russian Federation and on specific concerns of the Russian Ombudsmen.
Output/Results The Round Table allowed exchanges of information and good practices between the Russian Ombudsmen. Discussions between the participants were open, spontaneous and animated. Presentations were lively, and openly discussed. Exchanges between the Federal Ombudsman and the Regional Ombudsmen were very fruitful.

The following points were raised by the Russian Ombudsmen, when talking about the role of the ombudsmen in protecting human rights against the arbitrariness of the executive branch: the need for a reform of the Federal legislation on the status of ombudsman and the need for a collective action through an association of the Regional Ombudsmen.

Interesting exchanges took place between the Regional Ombudsmen and the Head of the Law monitoring Centre at the Council of Federation of Russia. The ombudsmen called for further cooperation between the Council and them in the law drafting process. The Regional Ombudsmen expressed the will to be involved in the administrative reform. They all supported the idea to establish a Centre for the monitoring of the work of the Council of Federation, and for the monitoring of the legislation in view of the protection of the human rights.

The Regional Ombudsmen exchanged ideas on the evaluation of the Ombudsman’s work and agreed on the need to have uniform effectiveness criteria. They called for the creation of a working group to develop common criteria for the assessment of the performance of the ombudsmen in the Russian Federation.
Conclusions/Follow Up As with all P2P activities, a debriefing paper will be issued in French, English and Russian and disseminated amongst Russian regional Ombudsmen, NHRS and other relevant actors.

A Round Table of Russian Ombudsmen will be organised within the Peer to Peer project in partnership with the Strategy Centre in July 2009
Participants - Federal Russian Ombudsman
- 39 Regional Russian Ombudsmen
- 8 other representatives of Regional Russian Ombudsman Offices
Consultants/Experts - Experts:

Gennady BURBULIS, Head of Law Monitoring Centre at Council of Federation of Russia

Galina BARDIER, Dr. of psychology, St Petersburg Strategy Centre of Humanities and Political Science

- Co organisers from the St Petersburg Strategy Centre of Humanities and Political Science: Alexandre SUNGUROV, Alexander NEZDYUROV, Tatiana BARANDOVA

- Stefano VALENTI, Local Project Officer in Italy, Interdepartmental Centre on Human Rights and the Rights of Peoples of the University of Padua
CoE Secretariat - Thomas HAMMARBERG, Commissioner for Human Rights
- Markus JAEGER, Deputy to the Director, Head of the National Human Rights Structures Unit, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
- Alexandre GUESSEL, Deputy to the Director
- Delphine FREYMANN, Project Manager, National Human Rights Structures Unit, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
- Mamed MADAEV, Adviser to the Commissioner
- Nadia SOKOLOVA, Personal assistant to the Director
Total No. Participants 60 
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  * All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.  
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