Russia CEDAW Submission 2020 - Equality Now

Russia CEDAW Submission 2020

Information on the Russian Federation for consideration by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women at its 78th session. 


This submission details our concerns with regard to laws related to rape and other forms of sexual violence and procedures and practices which effectively deny access to justice for survivors of sexual violence. Russia’s legal system continues to provide a number of opportunities for perpetrators to escape criminal liability or punishment, namely through the way sexual violence crimes are defined; allowing for the direct release of a perpetrator from liability or punishment in certain circumstances, and through the way sexual violence crimes are investigated and
prosecuted, including with respect to adolescent girls.


Submitted by: Equality Now, the Consortium of women's non-governmental organisations in Russia and Centre