RUSSIAN RESEARCH CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Russian NGOs Alternative Report 2013

To the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child


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Russian NGOs’ “Alternative Report – 2013”
Comments to the State "Consolidated fourth and fifth periodic report of the Russian Federation on the implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child"


Accompanying Letter


4 March, 2013


Dear Sirs/Madams,
According to the Article 45(a) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child we - Russian non-governmental organizations working in the interests of children - submit to the Committee on the Rights of the Child this “Alternative Report – 2013” - Comments to the State “Consolidated fourth and fifth periodic report of the Russian Federation on the implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child”, which covers the period 2003-2009. However in this “Alternative Report – 2013” we included comments to the important events of 2010-2013 and following the structure and logic of the State Report tried to enlighten the updated situation.
 
We confirm the permission to distribute the “Alternative Report – 2013” in any open for public way, including electronic database of NGO reports that have been submitted to the Committee on the Rights of the Child. And of course members of the Committee may refer to this source during their discussion with the Government of Russia. “Alternative Report – 2013” will be published in Russian original soon and will be distributed among responsible official departments and personalities and also among public. The members of the Coalition plan to participate in the Working group meeting with members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

In addition to the “Alternative Report – 2013” we prepared Comments to fulfilment by Russian Federation of the CRC’s Concluding Observations – 2005 (CRC/C/15/Add.274) (attached below).

The same as it was done in previous Alternative Reports in 1998 and 2005 we conclude the “Alternative Report – 2013” with a Chapter “Our Proposals of Reforms” which collects in a concise form the basic ideas elaborated during last years by plenty of NGOs - those are NGOs from many regions of Russia united in the Coordinating Council of NGOs on Affairs of Children with Disabilities, unions of many-children families, All-Russia Movement “For Affordable Pre-School Education for Russian Children”, etc.

We tried to do our best to follow the “Main points” of CRC Guide for NGO reporting.


On behalf of NGOs - authors of the “Alternative Report – 2013” (List of the Coalition is attached):


Boris Altshuler,
- Head of the “Right of the Child” NGO,
- Member of the Civic Chamber of Russia – Deputy Chair of the Commission on Social Politics,
- Chairperson of the Coordinating Council of NGOs on Affairs of Children with Disabilities,
- Coordinator of Section on Protection of Children’s Rights in the Expert Council of Ombudsman on Human Rights of the Russian Federation,
- Member of Coordinating Council of the All-Russian Union of NGOs working in the interests of children “Civil Society – for Children of Russia”,
- Member of the Moscow Helsinki Group.

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