MOSCOW, November 11. Commissioner for human rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova believes that Russia does not have enough human rights NGOs.
According to Pamfilova, human rights organizations in Russia is not enough. “They are too few in Russia, and especially the further from Moscow the less,” – said Pamfilova. “They are negligible, they should be preserved, we must preserve, we must develop”, – the Ombudsman said at a conference in Moscow devoted to the development of NGOs.
According to her, it is impossible to deal effectively with human rights protection only at the state level. “I responsibly say that as people representing state rights, without human rights organizations”, – said the Ombudsman.
In this regard, Pamfilova said that she is concerned about the problem of inclusion of NGOs in register of “foreign agents”. “And me, and so many people really cares,” said she, pointing to “an arbitrary, often selective inclusion of (NGOs) in the register”. “Less than these hundreds of organizations (in the registry of NCOs-“foreign agents” – approx.), actually among them there are organizations that actually laid the foundations and development of human rights activity in Russia,” said Pamfilova.
She rather encouraged to determine the definition of political activities in the law on NGOs – “foreign agents”. “If we can’t repeal the law on “foreign agents”, at least he will act more point,” hopes she is.
Pamfilova urged officials not to confuse political activities with human rights. “As Commissioner I do not have the right to engage in political activity, but I am obliged to protect the political rights of citizens”, – said the Commissioner for human rights in the Russian Federation.