Russian Human Rights Commissioner proposes to ban schoolchildren protests

Russian Human Rights Commissioner proposes to ban schoolchildren protests
Tatyana Moskalkova, Russian Human Rights Commissioner

Moskalkova spoke of violations of citizens’ rights during protest approvals.

Tatyana Moskalkova, Russian Human Rights Commissioner, proposes to introduce the law that would prohibit schoolchildren from participating in protest actions, especially those that are not approved by the government. She stated so in her annual report that she submitted to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"In view of the present circumstances, the constructive forces of the society agree that there must be a new approach, and more tools should be developed to prevent minors from taking part in mass protest actions, especially makeshift ones," TASS quoted the report.

Moskalkova spoke of violations of citizens’ rights when rallies get approved. "Public authorities often violate the deadlines for bans of public gatherings or ignore the notices at all," she said. The official supported human rights defenders who demanded that the actions of law enforcement officers during public gatherings must be videotaped for evidence.

Earlier, Tatyana Moskalkova had noted in an interview that schools and officials should not punish students for participating in unauthorized actions, as there must be some other ways of communication.

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