MOSCOW, December 26 (Itar-Tass) — The ban on the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens does not violate the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), Russian Foreign Ministry’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and Supremacy of Law on Wednesday.
Dolgov said recently, U.S. representatives had laid groundless charges against Russia under which the country would violate legal obligations, including the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989, due to the so-called “Dima Yakovlev Law”.
“The analysis of the Convention proves that Russia does not violate this international document. The Convention does not contain any obligatory norms related to international adoption and does not show any priorities for national adoption mechanisms,” Dolgov stressed.
“To this end, it bears repeating that the United States is only one of the third world countries that do not join the Convention. The U.S. did not ratify it. Thus, the country is not under legal obligation,” the diplomat said.
The Foreign Ministry’s commissioner explained that in the formal sense the U.S. position was conditioned by the difficulties of legislation of certain states. “Key issues for protecting children’s rights are given under control of America’s certain states. Questions emerge how it has happened. The international community is familiar with many negative examples related to the inadequate protection of the rights of adopted children from Russia. We are well informed about these facts. We mentioned them earlier,” Dolgov stressed.
The real reason for not ratify the document is the U.S. unwillingness “to be subject to corresponding monitoring mechanisms, which were mentioned by the Convention”, the diplomat said. “Maybe, they fear that the unfavourable situation will be criticised all round the world.” “The United States does not take part in nine out of 13 major international conventions in the field of human rights. This is a rather strange position of the state, which claims to take the lead in the field of human rights and freedoms,” the commissioner pointed out.