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Human Rights Watch welcomes Ella Pamfilova as candidate for post of ombudsman

January 21, 2014, 17:29 UTC+3 MOSCOW
If Pamfilova were elected we would find it comfortable to work with her - HRW representative
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Human Rights Watch director for Russia Tatyana Lokshina

Human Rights Watch director for Russia Tatyana Lokshina

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MOSCOW, January 21. /ITAR-TASS/. The Human Rights Watch (HRW) international organization has positively reacted to a proposal to nominate Ella Pamfilova to the post of the Russian ombudsman. HRW has a positive opinion of Ella Pamfilova as a possible candidate, HRW director for Russia Tatyana Lokshina declared in Moscow on Tuesday.

"We worked with Ella Pamfilova when she was Chairwoman of the presidential Council for human rights. If Pamfilova were elected we would find it comfortable to work with her," the HRW representative said. "Anyway, we are prepared to work with any ombudsman," the HRW director for Russia said.

HRW had worked in close contact with the outgoing ombudsman,Vladimir Lukin. “I would not say that he was very efficient in all matters, but he always gave us support, and we could work with his office well enough," Lokshina said.

Russia's presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights (CPCH) appealed to President Putin, asking him to nominate Ella Panfilova a candidate for the post of human rights ombudsman, the organization’s website reports.

On January 16, the Duma launched a nomination campaign. It will appoint a new ombudsman by March 18.

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