Alternative report: Implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by the Russian Federation (2013)

Anti-Discrimination Center Memorial (Saint-Petersburg) and the SOVA Center for Information and Analysis (Moscow), with the support of International Partnership for Human Rights and FIDH, have provided the Committee with evidence through an alternative report.

This report demonstrates that Russia’s existing laws, policies and programs have failed to curtail racial discrimination against visual groups and minorities such as migrant workers, Roma and indigenous peoples. Indeed, in some areas there has been a retrogression marked by increased discrimination against members of these groups. Abuses range from arrests and detentions by law enforcement agencies, discrimination at work and segregation of children belonging to ethnic minorities, to xenophobic statements in the media and hate crimes. This not only shows that the Committee’s concerns and recommendations from the previous reporting period in 2008 have gone largely unheeded by the Russian Government, but also that Russia continues to violate its international obligations under the UN Convention on Racial Discrimination.

The CERD recommendations for the RF authorities according to the results of consideration of the RF periodic report on 26 and 27 February 2013