The vice-president of the Committee on the Rights of the Child at the UN, Luis Ernesto Pedernera Reyna in November 2019.
Another expert, Bragi Gudbrandsson , called on Russia to shed light on the consequences of the conflict on Russian children, particularly seeking to know how many of them lost their fathers in combat.
While waiting to explain itself about Ukrainian children, the Russian delegation praised the traditional family and the strengthening of the family as an institution.
Since 2020, the Constitution of the Russian Federation contains new amendments that, for the first time, protect the family, motherhood, paternity and children, said the head of the Russian delegation, Alexei Vovchenko.
We created a new holiday in honor of fathers, Father's Day, and we reinstated the Mother-Heroine decoration, which goes to women with ten or more children, thus reviving a Soviet tradition aimed at encourage the birth rate, argued the Russian Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection, adding that 2024 is the year of the family in Russia and that measures would be taken in particular in terms of demographic and family policies. /p>
The list of concerns from UN experts is long, including on measures taken to prevent discrimination against LGBT+ children so that Russia has banned this international movement, the country posing as the standard bearer of traditional values in the face of the supposed decadence of the West.
In this regard, Mr. Pedernera Reyna expressed concern about the pressure that the Church could exert against abortion, and asked what measures Moscow intended to take to counter them.
While Bolshevik Russia was the first country in the world to decriminalize abortion in 1920, the Kremlin is getting closer step by step to anti-abortion line supported by the Orthodox Church.
The committee also questioned Russia on the right to freedom of birth. association and reunion of children, and on the need for them not to be punished for their participation in demonstrations, particularly against the war.
Committee Chair Ann Marie Skelton also expressed concern about reports that Russia is actively conducting propaganda aimed at promoting x27;political ideology and particular views on armed conflict in schools.