Based on the Framework, OHCHR’s presence in Moscow is aimed at providing an added value to the efforts of different stakeholders in the promotion of human rights at the national level, with a particular view to ensure coherence, sustainability, creativity and effectiveness, through better articulation of human rights dimensions, complementarities and coordination with various UN agencies, Government institutions and civil society.
The main activities for the next two years include:
assisting in the establishment of a human rights network of judges with an emphasis on dissemination of human rights information and exchange of experience and best practice between national judges;
promotion of administrative justice through, inter alia, an international seminar on the role of administrative justice in the protection of human rights;
support of national efforts aimed at strengthening the administration of justice towards juvenile offenders, in accordance with the concluding observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child relating to juvenile justice;
establishment of partnerships with academic institutions for the support of the Russian-speaking component of the OHCHR fellowship programme for representatives of indigenous peoples to enhance their knowledge on human rights, particularly in relation to indigenous peoples, and on the work of UN human rights protection mechanisms;
support to national efforts aimed at building consensus around the signing and eventual ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
promotion of a culture of tolerance and non-discrimination to prevent xenophobia and related intolerance, gender discrimination and violence against women;
strengthening of education of human rights professionals by facilitating the establishment of a human rights master’s programme (M.A.) in partnership with leading Russian universities;
promotion of access to human rights information through dissemination of documents on international human rights mechanisms and procedures;
contribution to mainstreaming human rights and promotion of a human-rights based approach to programming within the UN Country Team in the Russian Federation.