Greater Role Sought for Public Councils

The makeup of public councils in Russia should be approved by civil society, Mikhail Fedotov said on Wednesday

“I absolutely don’t like the idea that the public council is approved by the president,” the head of the Human Rights Council told a roundtable hosted by RIA Novosti.

Public oversight should be regulated by the law but implemented by civil society, he added.

“The Public Chamber – if it is restructured and if the umbilical cord connecting it to the state is severed – will provide a good framework for building civil society and a system of public oversight,” Fedotov noted.

The Public Chamber is an advisory/consultative body empowered to monitor the activities of Russia’s legislative, executive and other agencies.


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