Yulia Gorbunova: "The proposed legislation is a massive setback to efforts to eradicate domestic violence, domestically and internationally"

posted 24 Jan 2017, 11:49 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 24 Jan 2017, 11:55 ]
“Passage of this law would be a huge step backward for Russia, where victims of domestic violence already face enormous obstacles to getting help or justice. The domestic violence bill would reduce penalties for abusers and put victims’ lives at even greater risk. [...] Contending that beating a relative is a manifestation of ‘family values’ is shameful. Victims are the ones who need protection, not the abusers. The proposed legislation is a massive setback to efforts to eradicate domestic violence, domestically and internationally. Rather than weakening existing laws, Russia should adopt tougher ones to prevent domestic violence, protect victims, and hold abusers to account.”

- Yulia Gorbunova, Russia researcher at Human Rights Watch.


Source:
Yulia Gorbunova, 'Russia: Bill to Decriminalize Domestic Violence. Parliament Should Reject Measure That Harms Families,' Human Rights Watch, 23 January 2017
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