Domestic violence should be recognized as criminal offense in Russia.
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Against domestic violence in Russia
We demand that the Russian government and the Parliament recognize all forms of domestic violence as criminal offense and increase the punitive provisions to deal with them.
On February 7, 2017 president Vladimir Putin signed a bill decriminalizing certain forms of domestic violence. The bill came into force immediately transforming battery from a crime under Article 116 of the Russian criminal code into an administrative offense punishable by a 30,000 ruble (485EUR) fine, 15 days in jail, or 120 hours of community service.
According to various sources, around 10.000 women die yearly as the result of domestic violence, leaving us with a much higher de facto number of victims as many cases go under-reported and under-prosecuted by the police. Considering an already insufficient legal framework for protecting victims of domestic violence and the scarcity of resources as well as the will to prevent and prosecute for these crimes, we expect a sharp increase in the number of victims.
Decriminalization of domestic violence in Russia puts lives and wellbeing of thousands of people in jeopardy and goes against principles recognized by the Russian government in the Constitution of Russian Federation and in such international legal documents as the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
We demand that the Russian government vouches for the fundamental rights of its citizens and re-commits to eliminating any form of discrimination and violence against women and children.
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