MOSCOW, December 14 (RAPSI) - Russia’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Tatiana Moskalkova has called for adopting legislation on the procedure of independent medical and social examinations to protect people’s rights in the event of disablement diagnosis disputes.

The work on the bill is underway for too long, and the human rights commissioner has not been engaged in it, Moskalkova told RAPSI.

The ombudsman’s office will sign a coordination contract with the Social Insurance Fund and the Federal Bureau of Disability Examination of the Russian Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, in the furtherance of this goal. As part of cooperation, the bodies will share information, jointly consider applications of disabled persons, and prepare lawsuits. The agencies will be also working on the independent medical and social examination bill in cooperation with the ombudsman.

According to Moskalkova, about a half of 400 complaints over protection of disabled persons’ rights filed in 2017 are related to decisions on disability categorization.