Show Russian lawmakers that Canadians oppose the decriminalization of domestic violence

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Show Russian lawmakers that Canadians oppose the decriminalization of domestic violence

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Kennedy Denys started this petition to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister of Canada)

The lives and safety of Russian women and children are in serious jeopardy.

Russian lawmakers are moving to decriminalize domestic violence.  If this bill is passed into law, domestic violence that does not result in serious injuries (e.g. broken bones, hospitalization) would be decriminalized, and the maximum penalty would become a fine and up to 15 days administrative arrest, or compulsory community service, rather than jail time. This law applies to domestic violence between partners, as well as toward children.

Domestic violence is already a concerning issue in Russia.

According to an article written by Human Rights Watch, 70% of Russian women say that they have experienced at least one form of violence by their husbands, and according to the BBC, 14,000 Russian women die every year from injuries inflicted by their husbands or partners.

Additionally, help and resources are greatly lacking for individuals experiencing domestic violence in Russia, including limited shelter spaces, lack of investigation or response to reports of domestic violence by officials, and a general belief that domestic violence is an issue that is a "private family matter."

Russia is party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and by accepting these Conventions, Russia committed to undertake measures to end discrimination against women and children in all forms.  By decriminalizing domestic violence, Russia is failing in its commitments to these Conventions and its citizens.  

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has the power to put pressure on the Russian government to stop the decriminalization of domestic violence.  Please sign this petition to show your support for Russian women and children, and ask our Prime Minister to take action.  Please help send the message to the Russian government that Canadians will not turn a blind eye to this bill that will further put women and children at risk.

In addition to signing this petition, you can email Prime Minister Trudeau directly.  A form letter is included for you to copy and paste, or you can write your own. 

To: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

Subject: Please help stop the decriminalization of domestic violence in Russia

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

Re: Russia Decriminalizing Domestic Violence

I am writing to you behalf of the women and children of Russia, whose lives and safety are in jeopardy if Russian lawmakers succeed in decriminalizing domestic violence.  If this bill is passed into law, domestic violence that does not result in serious injuries (e.g. broken bones, hospitalization) would be decriminalized, and the maximum penalty would become a fine and up to 15 days administrative arrest, or compulsory community service, rather than jail time.  This law applies to domestic violence between partners, as well as toward children.

Domestic violence is already a concerning issue in Russia; according to an article written by Human Rights Watch https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/01/23/russia-bill-decriminalize-domestic-violence 70% of Russian women say that they have experienced at least one form of violence by their husbands, and according to the BBC http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-21474931 14,000 Russian women die every year from injuries inflicted by their husbands or partners.

Like Canada, Russia is party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. By accepting these Conventions, Russia committed to undertake measures to end discrimination against women and children in all forms. By decriminalizing domestic violence, Russia is failing in its commitments to these Conventions and its citizens.

Prime Minister, I  feel very strongly that you can use your position of power and the backing of your country to put pressure on the Russian lawmakers to reconsider this bill that will decriminalize domestic violence.  Please contact President Putin, the Government of the Russian Federation (RF), the State Duma of the RF, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the RF and let them know that Canadians stand in support of Russian women and children, and oppose the decriminalization of domestic violence.  Please put pressure on these organizations to adopt a much needed federal program to protect violence against women and children, rather than further weakening the existing laws.

I wish to thank you in advance for your consideration of this issue, and for being an inspiring and progressive leader for our country during a very difficult time in other countries around the world.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]
[Your City, Province]

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