Special Rapporteur Releases Report on Violence Against Women in the Russian Federation
Thursday, March 2, 2006 4:30 PM

The UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Yakin Ertrk, released
a report on the state of this human rights abuse in the Russian Federation on January 26, 2006. The report identifies both deep rooted patriarchal values as well as socioeconomic conditions, largely due to the political and economic transition after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, as main causes for the marginalization of the status of women in the Russian Federation.

The report outlines the numerous ways in which the human rights of women in
the Russian Federation are being disregarded. There is a lack of domestic
legislation on this issue, inadequate action being taken by the state to
ensure that those that perpetrate this crime are being held accountable, as
well as insufficient social institutions for those that have been victims
of this human rights abuse. The report reminds the Russian Federation of
its responsibilities to prioritize this issue as a state that has ratified
the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against
Women and its first Optional Protocol.

Compiled From: "Report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women its Causes and Consequences: Mission to the Russian Federation," Yakin Erturk, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, January 26, 2006.