Commissioner for Human Rights of the Russian Federation

The institution of the Commissioner for Human Rights was created with the purpose to provide guarantees of state protection of the rights and freedoms of all people under Russia’s jurisdiction. CHR’s primary task is to ensure that all state bodies, institutions of local self-government as well as all civil servants observe and respect the rights and freedoms as stipulated by the law.

The Commissioner for Human Rights (CHR) contributes to the restoration of violated rights, to the improvement of the legislation of the Russian Federation on human rights and harmonizing it with the universally recognized principles and norms of the international law, to the development of the international cooperation in the sphere of human rights, to the legal education of the general public and especially school and college students in the matters of human rights and freedoms, forms and methods of their protection.

In addition, CHR exercises advisory functions (functions regarding national legislation, encouraging ratification and implementation on international standards, monitoring functions, investigation, reporting), as well as promotional functions (by raising awareness on human rights norms and issues, through programs for teaching and research, by addressing public opinion).

Mandate
  • Ombuds
Core functions
  • Monitoring
  • Publishing research, recommendations and opinions
  • Reporting to international and regional human rights mechanisms
  • Complaints handling
  • Legal assistance
  • Advising government, parliament and other public bodies
  • Supporting the work of human rights defenders
  • Cooperation with civil society organisations
  • Human rights education and training
  • Awareness raising activities