Most Russians think kids' rights parents' concern, not state's

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 08, 2013 12:00 hrs

Moscow, Feb 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Most Russians oppose introduction of a special juvenile justice system in the country, as they consider children's rights primarily as a matter for parents and not the government, a survey said Thursday.

Russia has been working on the implementation of a juvenile justice system since it signed the European Social Charter in 2000.

That initiative has been strongly opposed by conservative groups in Russia, including the Russian Orthodox Church, as an alien western practice damaging family values.

Children's rights ombudsmen offices have been established across the country, but there is still no separate branch of the courts for dealing with minors.

Over half (57 percent) of the respondents to the survey conducted by the VTsIOM state-run polling group, backed the idea of juvenile courts in Russia.

Some 71 percent of Russians, however, said they were against children's rights taking priority over those of their parents.

Around 60 percent said minors should not be allowed to take action against their parents in the courts, according to the survey.

Seventy-six percent of respondents said parents and the family should play the main role in defending the rights of minors, with only 16 percent saying it should be a state function.

The survey showed 74 percent of respondents were against criminal prosecution of parents who leave their children unattended.

Opinion was almost equally divided on whether Russia needs special NGO-type commissions to highlight abuse of orphans, with some 47 percent approving the idea and 42 percent against.

The poll questioned 1,600 people in 46 regions.

--IANS/RIA Novosti


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