MOSCOW, September 7 (RAPSI) – Russia’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Tatiana Moskalkova has raised problems of the country’s penitentiary system during the international forum of ombudsmen held in the Kyrgyz Republic, according to the ombudsman’s Instagram account.

According to Moskalkova, the main problems in this field are poor adaptation of transport for the use of disabled detainees and convicts, absence of adequate number of facilities for meetings with attorneys, early mother-child separation, service of sentence away from home and family, and detention of seriously ill persons.

Particular attention should be given to social protection of the Federal Penitentiary Service’s employees, Moskalkova stated.

Foreign human rights commissioners place greater focus on combating cruelty to detainees and persons under investigation, and health protection of these people by keeping good practices and proposing initiatives to legislation improvement.

The ombudsman is confident that discussion of problems at international and domestic levels, sharing experiences, and constructive dialogue coupled with specific kind acts will help improve Russia’s penitentiary system.

Moskalkova visited the Kyrgyz Republic to take part in the international forum “The Role of Ombudsman in improving laws and regulations in the field of human rights: expectations and prospects.”

The institute of human rights ombudsman is a government body involved in protection and promotion of rights and freedoms, and competent legal assistance. Moskalkova was appointed as Russia’s human rights ombudsman in April 2016.