Russian LGBT Network submitted an alternative report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, offering its commentary on the most recent state report of the Russian Federation on implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In the official report, the Russian Federation completely ignores the existence of people under 18 who identify as homosexual, bisexual, and transgender. The Russian LGBT Network attempted to fill in this gap by presenting to the Committee an overview of the situation of LGBT adolescents and of measures for the protection of their rights in Russia.
The alternative report contains, inter alia, evidence of the impact that the laws on ‘homosexual propaganda’ have had as a legislative provision that encourages bullying of LGBT teens, including bullying by school administrations, and violates children’s right to adequate information on sexual orientation and gender identity.
“Given that there are no official, governmental programs aimed at promoting the acceptance of sexual and gender minorities, laws on the so-called ‘propaganda of homosexualism’ restrict access to the only remaining source of support on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity - namely, non-governmental organizations, which now face fines for such activities”, - states the Network.
The report includes references to specific cases of bullying, cruel treatment and accusations of ‘homosexual propaganda’ by school administrations that adolescents from several regions of Russia faced, as well as attempts of coercive ‘treatment’ of homosexual and transsexual adolescents by their parents or legal guardians.
The text of the report will be made available on the Russian LGBT Network’s website.