On February 28, the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation held a round table "Decriminalization of beating after a year: the consequences of the adoption of the law", organized by the Commission on Security and Interaction with the PMC (Public monitoring commission) of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation.
During the discussion, participants paid special attention to the issue of liberalization of the criminal legislation of the Russian Federation, in particular, the decriminalization of Article 116 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. It is noted that the changes introduced are discriminatory and have caused ambiguous attitude in the society. In addition, they have resulted in negative consequences in the sphere of family protection as the fundamental basis of society. According to human rights activists, it is important to develop a set of measures aimed at ensuring the prevention of family violence, punishing "aggressors", as well as providing assistance to the victims.
In his speech, the representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation outlined the position of the federal Ombudsman on this issue. According to the representative, Tatiana Moskalkova notes the need to develop and adopt a law on combating domestic violence. In addition, the High Commissioner supports the implementation of an multifaceted approach to combating domestic violence.
As a result of the discussion, the round table participants noted that the decriminalization of the article does not meet the interests of society and the State, and they spoke for the need to develop a consolidated opinion on this issue during further meetings.
The event was also attended by representatives of the State human rights institutions, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as independent experts.