RUSSIAN RESEARCH CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Russian NGOs Alternative Report to The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Russian NGOs’ Alternative Report
to The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Comments to Russia’s State Periodical Report «On Realization in Russian
Federation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1993-1997»

Moscow                                                                                           October, 1998

To the Committee on the Rights of the Child


Center for Human Rights, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland;
Tel.: (41-22) 917-1234, Fax: (41-22) 917-0118.                                                                    

Russian NGOs’ Alternative Report*
Comments to Russia’s State Periodical Report "On Realization in Russian Federation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1993-1997"

Dear Sirs/Madams,                                                                                              23 October, 1998


According to the Article 45(a) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child we - a number of Russian non governmental organizations engaged in childhood problems - submit to the Committee on the Rights of the Child this Alternative Report - Comments to Russia’s State Periodical Report "On Realization in Russian Federation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1993-1997", which was presented to the Committee few months ago. To our opinion State Periodical Report does not reflect properly dramatic problems of childhood in Russia resulting in wide violation of rights of children proclaimed by the Convention on the Rights of the Child; and more importantly - Report does not tell at all about institutional factors as a main reason of the tragic situation.


In June 1998 "Right of Child" Program which unifies human rights groups of the Moscow Research Center for Human Rights and Independent Association of Child Psychiatrists and Psychologists approached to the Moscow Office of UNISEF with a request to consult on the rules and ways of preparation of the Alternative NGOs’ Report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child. On 9 July 1998 Moscow UNISEF Office organized an informative Conference for Russian public organizations, engaged in childhood problems, where necessary materials were distributed and where among others spoke Professor Youri Kolosov, Russian expert and Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, and Galina Karelova, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Development of Russia (this Ministry was a leading Body responsible for the preparation of the State Periodical Report). At this Conference was announced the formation - under the umbrella of the "Right of Child" Program - of the Working Group of representatives of different NGOs wishing to participate in the preparation of the Alternative Report. Now submitted Alternative Report is the result of the work of this Working Group.


With best regards.


On behalf of NGOs which participated in the preparation of the Alternative Report:


1. "Right of Child" Program: Boris Altshuler, Head of the Program: 

Luchnikov Lane, 4, room 10, Moscow 103982, Russia; Tel.: (7-095) 206-8971/8838;
Fax: (7-095) 206-8951; e-mail:
leo@mx.iki.rssi.ru; hrcenter@glas.apc.org.
Web-page:
www.openweb.ru/p_z/


2. "Independent Association of Child Psychiatrists and Psychologists" (NGO - Participant of the "Right of Child" Program):      Anatoli Severny, President:

Tel./Fax: (7-095) 254-2866; e-mail: iacpp@glas.apc.org.


3. NAN - "No to Alcoholism and Drug Addiction" Russian Charitable Foundation:
Oleg Zykov, President:                                             
Nodari Khananashvili:

Fax: (7-095) 310-7076; e-mail: rbfnan@got.mmtel.ru


4. Moscow Public-Charity "Center for Curative Pedagogic":
Roman Dimenshtein:
Ol’ga Gerasimenko:

Tel./Fax: (7-095) 131-0683, 133-8447; e-mail: ccp@glasnet.ru; ccp@glas.apc.org.


5. "Moscow Center for Prison Reform":
Valery Abramkin, Director:

Tel.: (7-095) 206-8684/8145; Fax: (7-095) 206-8853; e-mail: mcprinf@glas.apc.org


6. "Civic Assistance for Refugees and Forced Migrants":
Svetlana Gannushkina, Chairperson:                                      
Anna Vershok:

Tel./Fax: (7-095) 917-8961; e-mail: sgannush@glasnet.ru.


7. "Indepependent Psychiatric Assosiation of Russia":
Yuri Savenko, President:                                                        
Elena Vrono:

Tel.: (7-095) 206-8639; Fax: (7095) 206-8853; e-mail: ipar@aha.ru


8. "Foundation of Social & Mental Health of Family & Child":
Yury Shevchenko, President:

Tel/Fax: (7-095) 954-1314; ; e-mail: iacpp@glas.apc.org.


9. All-Russian NGO "Children and Youth's Social Initiatives":
Sergey Tetersky, President:

Tel/Fax.: (7-095) 283-8307: e-mail: dimsi@redline.ru.


10. "HARMONY" Institute for Psychotherapy & Counseling (St.-Petersburg):
Viktor Kagan, Scientific Director:

Tel/Fax: (7-812) 268-3629; e-mail: kvikiran@infopro.spb.ru.


11. "Moscow Society of Psychologists"
Sergey Enikolopov, Vice-President:

Tel: (7-095) 249-3531; Fax: (7-095) 254-2866: e-mail: enic@carma.aha.ru.


To the Committee on the Rights of the Child

Russian NGOs’ Alternative Report

Comments to Russia’s State Periodical Report «On Realization in Russian Federation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1993-1997»*


Table of Contents

Comments to the Introductory Part of the Periodical Report ...........................................page 4.
Comments to Chapter I «General Measures of Realization  of Convention»............................6.
Comments to Chapter III «Realization of General Principles of Convention»..........................7.
Comments to Chapter V «Family Milieu and Alternative Care»...............................................9.
Comments to Chapter VI «Primary Medical Assistance».............................................................14.
Comments to Chapter VII. «Education»........................................................................................16.
Comments to Chapter VIII. «Special Measures of Protection».....................................................16.
Conclusion: Our proposals..............................................................................................................23.
Abbreviations.............................................................................................................................25.
References..................................................................................................................................26.
Attachment: Comments to «Final Notes of the United Nations Committee on
the Rights of the Child to the Russia’s 1992 Periodical Report «On Realization...»»..............27.


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