Today, a list of problems and questions was published that the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child aims to discuss with the representatives of Russia, related to the next review of the report on how Russia fulfils the Convention of the Rights of the Child.
First of all, the Committee is worried about the questions regarding the LGBTQI society in Russia. Until the 1st of November 2013, representatives of power should answer to the Committee what kind of mechanisms and laws enable the protection of children that come from vulnerable groups - that is, also the children from the LGBTQI minority.
In addition, the Government needs to report on what methods were introduced to fight ksenophobia and hate crimes, and prevent these phenomenons.
Noteworthy, it was precisely the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child that in 2002 criticized the UK law banning the so-called "promotion of homosexuality in schools", stating that the law violated the rights of gay and transgender youth for objective and needed information and care. Consequently, representatives of the UK government abolished the law.
We remind that this spring, the LGBTQI organisation "Coming Out" and The Russian LGBT Network introduced to the Committee alternative reports on the rights of the child in Russia, highlighting violations of the rights of LGBTQI youth and children and children from LGBTQI families, as well as the discrimination and crimes against them.