UN Committee Sides Against Russia in First Domestic Violence Ruling

Russia has breached the rights of a Chechen domestic abuse victim, a United Nations womens rights panel ruled on Friday in what has been called the UNs first decision on domestic violence in the country.

Domestic violence complaints have skyrocketed since President Vladimir Putin passed a 2017 law decriminalizing first-time abuse where beatings resulted in “minor harm.” Each year, 12,000 women are killed in Russia as a result of domestic violence, according to official numbers.

NGOs submitted a complaint to the UN in 2013 accusing a court in Chechnya of effectively clearing the victims husband of attempted murder, instead finding that she had “provoked” him into attacking her with an axe.

Russia violated the victims rights as a result, the UN Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) ruled, “including by failing to uphold her rights as a victim of domestic violence and by directly perpetuating sex-based discrimination and stereotypes in its handling of her case.”

CEDAW ordered Russia to award her “adequate financial compensation.”

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