Tatyana Moskalkova, the human rights ombudsman in the Russian Federation, has drawn attention to the “blurring” of the role and meaning of the concept of “rights and freedoms” in the modern world, and the use of this topic by a number of foreign politicians for “narrow political purposes.”
In her report for 2017, published on Monday, the ombudsman notes that “human rights and freedoms are the cornerstone of any society.” She clarified that the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Russia is of out most value.
“The distortion of the conceptual ideas of this outstanding document for humanity, which we are increasingly observing from states pretending to play a special role in the modern world, leads to the exploitation of the topic of human rights for narrow political purposes. It erodes the role and meaning of the very concept of rights and freedoms “, – stated the report.
In these circumstances, “it seems important to focus on consolidating the internal forces capable of ensuring the observance of the rights and freedoms of Russian citizens,” as well as developing cooperation with ombudsmen of foreign countries “who, as independent institutions, tend to distance themselves from destructive political processes” said the report.