The children’s Ombudsman has declared readiness of Russia to resume dialogue with the United States in the field of protection of children’s rights
Russia is ready to resume a few years ago, the dialogue with the United States in the field of protection of children’s rights. This was reported to journalists on Tuesday, 15 November, the Ombudsman for children under the President of the Russian Federation Anna Kuznetsova.
“At least the willingness is there, we spoke with experts of the foreign Ministry, we’re waiting for the new administration will be ready to meet and work in this direction”, – said at the session of the presidential Council for the implementation of the national strategy of actions in interests of children the Ombudsperson, words which leads TASS. “The trend towards the resumption of dialogue has ended, it can different constructive solutions,” added Kuznetsova.
At the same time, the children’s Ombudsman did not answer the question whether in the future the abolition of the adopted nearly four years ago of a ban on adoptions of Russian children by Americans.
As you know, in 2013 in Russia the law “On measures of influence on persons involved in violations of fundamental rights and freedoms of the person, rights and freedoms of citizens of the Russian Federation”. In the press this law is known as the “law of Dima Yakovlev” – in the name of the boy adopted by Americans in Russia and who died in the U.S. due to negligence of his adoptive father, who left her child locked in thirty-degree heat the car.
The law of the Russian Federation adopted as a symmetrical response to the “Magnitsky act”, which in the United States shortly before sanctions were imposed against the persons responsible, according to Washington, for violation of human rights and the rule of law in Russia. The law was named for died in a Moscow prison of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
The “law of Dima Yakovlev” was criticized not only by representatives of the public who pointed out that Russian orphans with serious illnesses lose the only chance at a decent life, but also high-ranking officials, in particular Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov, former Minister of education Dmitry Livanov, Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Chairman of the Council for human rights under the Russian President Mikhail Fedotov, ex-Ombudsman for human rights Vladimir Lukin.
Anna Kuznetsova raised the question of the “Dima Yakovlev law” immediately after his appointment as children’s Ombudsman in early September. She saidthat is not going to change the legislation, but intends to work on the next stages of development in this direction. Kuznetsov expressed the view that the restrictions introduced by law should be accompanied by support measures to encourage adoption of children with disabilities and children from orphanages in Russia. Commissioner for the rights of the child emphasized that we are talking about lobbying “does not change, namely the following stages of development”.
In December 2015 during the traditional big press conference Russian President Vladimir Putin was asked about the possibility of easing the ban on the adoption of children with disabilities in Russia. In response, the head of state said that, according to statistics, the percentage of foreigners who want to adopt disabled children in Russia much less, than those who requested for healthy children. For this reason, Putin urged not to rush to revise earlier decisions.
In the United States November 8 presidential election was held, which was won by the Republican candidate Donald trump. Some experts believe that the trump as the new leader of the United States can begin to establish relations with Russia in all areas, others doubt that anything will change with the arrival of a billionaire in the foreign policy of Washington in relation to Moscow.