Planned changes to Russia’s law, which could lead to the decriminalisation of domestic violence, would be a “regression,” Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland warned today.
In a letter to the chairpersons of the State Duma and the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, Jagland states: “I call upon you to do anything within your powers to strengthen the right of Russian families to live free from violence and intimidation.
“The physical and psychological abuse of women is an extremely serious crime and an assault on their human rights. Domestic violence also harms children, either as its direct victims or as witnesses.
“Reducing ‘battery within the family’ from a criminal to an administrative offence, with weaker sanctions for offenders, would be a clear sign of regression within the Russian Federation and would strike a blow to global efforts to eradicate domestic violence.”