UN envoy urges Russia to ratify protocol on the Rights of the Child

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Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children

Russia has been urged by the UN envoy on Violence against Children to ratify a UN convention on the rights of the child that prohibits the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais was recently in the capital, Moscow, to promote the cause.

Out of 47 European countries, only five have not ratified the protocol and one of them is Russia, said Pais.

"Well, the visit was in the context of my mandate as Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against children and to discuss with the authorities about steps taken by the Russian federation to consolidate the protection of children from violence and also to oversee opportunities to build upon those important experiences and advance the level of protection of children from all forms of violence."

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The UN envoy hoped Russia would ratify the protocol next year as well as another optional protocol on the submission of complaints, which the UN General Assembly is expected to approve in the coming weeks.

The protocol would give Russian children the right to appeal to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

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