UN Child Committee urge Russia to repeal propganda law
In an alternative report to the UN Child Committee, Civil Rights Defenders partner, the Russian LGBT Network, puts focus on the situation for LGBT youth in Russia since the repressive propaganda laws were implemented. The UN Child Committee agrees with the alternative report and calls on Russia to undertake measures to improve the situation for LGBT youth and children growing up in LGBT families.
Experts from different countries, including Russia, discussed the report and especially the violation of children’s rights, discrimination and violence against children based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the UN Child Committee. The report highlighted the wide range of problems Russian LGBT youths and children encounter in their everyday life. Problems that are wide spread in Russian society and include discrimination, bullying at school, violence and limited access to information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.
5 February, CRC (The Committee on the Rights of the Child) released their conclusions on how the Convention was implemented in Russia and agreed with the alternative report that there were clear violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity and calls on Russia to undertake urgent measures to improve the situation for LGBT youth.
“We very much welcome the concluding observations of the UN Child Committee and believe they are of great importance since the Committee pays extra attention to the situation of LGBT youth and children growing up in LGBT families” says Cecilia Rosing, Program Officer for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at Civil Rights Defenders
Laws that prohibit propaganda of homosexuality have been adopted in several regions in Russia and in the summer of 2013 a federal law was adopted that prohibits propaganda of “non-traditional sexual relations”. Russian legislators have argued that the propaganda laws were implemented to protect minors.
“The Committee’s conclusion acknowledges that the laws in fact violate the rights of minors and encourages stigmatisation and discrimination against youth in Russia, says Cecilia Rosing.
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