Krasnodar, 6 April – Yug Times. On March 26 - 28, the Krasnodar region hosted a field session of the Human Rights Council.
Ten Council members headed by Chair Mikhail Fedotov arrived at the region to assess the environmental problems and situation with unauthorized construction sites near Gelendzhik. The delegation also visited several penitentiary establishments and had meetings with dwellers of Krymsk, Abinsk and Novorossiysk where the receptions lasted until late night.
The determining factors of this session were numerous items of its agenda and openness of the Council members to the problems of local people. It was the second visit of the experts to the region - the first one took place in December 2014.
“My main impression over these three days was that the general atmosphere in Kuban has changed; many problems were being solved instantly,” noted Mikhail Fedotov at his meeting with Governor Veniamin Kondratiev and Vice Governor Aleksei Kopaigorodsky.
At their meetings with local inhabitants, the experts discussed dozens of different problems. For instance, the long-standing issue of unauthorized constructions - what should prevail in their case: the letter of the law that demands to demolish the illegally erected house, or the rights of the dozens of families that bought flats in that house? What should be done if the investigation broke the law and the supervisory bodies did not react to it? Where does the compromise line between environmental conservation and neihbourhood development lie? All these problems must be resolved by authorities together with real civil society, not the so-called ‘public bureaucrats’ that sit in offices and get budget grants.
The final panel of the session was attended by representatives of all public circles - from the people seeking to solve their real problems to members of radical opposition.
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