Now it will be easier for them to defend the rights of children.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed new laws that give children's ombudsmen new powers. Today he put his signature on the documents. The laws come into force on the day of their official publication. You can get acquainted with the documents on the official portal of legal information.
In total, three laws were signed. According to the first, the children's ombudsman will now be appointed by the president for no more than two consecutive terms of five years. Only a citizen of Russia who is at least 30 years old can become such a Commissioner. He must have a college degree, an impeccable reputation, and relevant experience in working with children or in advocacy. The procedure for appointing a regional ombudsman is determined by the law of a particular constituent entity of the Russian Federation.
The Children's Ombudsman is being given important new powers. Now he will be able to go to court with claims in case of disagreement with the decisions of state and local authorities or in violation of the rights and legitimate interests of children. He is allowed to participate on his own initiative in court proceedings in civil cases, send proposals to amend legislation to members of the Federation Council and State Duma deputies, and even initiate appeals to the Constitutional Court.
In addition, the Ombudsman can now, without special permission, visit institutions executing punishment and pre-trial detention centers where minors, pregnant women and women whose children are kept in children's homes in correctional institutions. The federal children's ombudsman is also empowered to agree on regional candidates. Separately, the duty of the Commissioner to submit an annual report on the results of his activities to the President of the Russian Federation is also indicated.
The second law enshrined the right of the children's ombudsman to refuse to testify in relation to information that became known to him in connection with the performance of his duties. And the third exempted the Commissioner from paying the state duty when applying to the court.
Anna Kuznetsova, Commissioner for Children's Rights under the President of the Russian Federation, has already commented on the event that happened today.
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Anna Kuznetsova advised regional children's ombudsmen to correctly use the new powers entrusted to them by Vladimir Putin.
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Dec 28, 2018 at 1:32 am PST
We will remind that earlier the documents in the third reading were adopted by the State Duma, and after they were approved by the Federation Council.
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