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Adoption Ban Not a Breach of UN Rights Pact: Russia

Dec. 26, 2012

NTV, Moscow, in Russian 1205 26 Dec 12

Russia is not violating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child over the bill that bans US citizens' adoption of Russian children, Konstantin Dolgov said. He was speaking at a news conference in Moscow on 26 December, as shown on Russian Gazprom- owned NTV on the same day.

Dolgov said: "There has not been any case of this agreement's violation on our part. The convention does not contain any obligatory norms in the field of international adoption. Rather, it directs participating states towards the priority national mechanism of child adoption.

"In this connection, it will not be redundant to recall that the USA is only one of the three countries in the world that do not take part in the UN Convention on Human Rights. They did not ratify this agreement, and correspondingly, they do not bear any international obligations on this convention. The convention is the main international document directed at the protection of children's rights."

Source: (C) 2012 BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union. via ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved

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