On October 19, the Advisory Board for High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation discussed the current questions of youth rights and awareness-raising and education in rights and freedoms of humans and citizens. The discussion covered several topical issues of the defense of youth rights and freedoms, including employment and labor guarantees, housing, freedom of speech, the right to education, and the cost of higher education.
Associate Professor Evgenia Pavlenko, Head of the Department of International Law and Human Rights at the MCU’s Institute of Law and Management, moderated and coordinated the meeting.
The members of the Advisory Board and the Executive Office for High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, regional commissioners for human rights, staff members of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, representatives of the academic community from Russia’s leading universities, and the candidates for the Youth Council for High Commissioner for Human Rights participated in the meeting.
The participants of the meeting argued that state authorities have to develop a comprehensive and consistent idea of the enforcement of youth rights. More students should have access to higher education, and universities have to provide them with accommodation in dormitories. The policy will also ensure employment of higher education graduates, modifications of labor conditions which include a flexible schedule and partially remote work. In conclusion, the participants pointed out that the program for youth employment had been established by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and provided work for 2 500 graduates.