» 06/04/2010, 00.00
Russia facing an orphanage and adoption crisis
There are almost 700,000 orphans in Russia. About 30,000 orphans were adopted and then sent back to an orphanage in two years. The Civil Committee for Human Rights slams the situation, whilst Russian Children's Rights Ombudsman Astakhov calls for the reorganisation of orphanages into family-based models of care.
Rumours about children being kidnapped to get government money
"Although I have no evidence, it is a possibility," says the Bishop of Thanjavur. UNICEF representative warns against the danger.
Chinese children "confiscated" and sold for adoption
Government employees abduct "illegal" children born beyond the quota allowed, but even only children. An orphanage that gave children up for adoption was taking 2760 dollars per baby sold for, the state employees 142 dollars. The plight of the one-child rule leads to forced abortions and sterilizations, selective abortions of female fetuses, arrests of activists against the abuses.
Moscow's decision to destroy embargoed food causes controversy
The Kremlin recently approved a decision to seize and destroy goods, including food under embargo. The latter was imposed last year in response to Western sanctions. Civil society groups and religious leaders suggest they be given to charities.
Moscow to launch law against gay propaganda and adoptions
The text was approved by the Russian Federation Council and now awaits only the signature of President Putin who has already expressed himself favorably. Fines and imprisonment for any public event related to the LGBT community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender). Public opinion against gay adoptions. Law punishes with imprisonment the "insulting the religious feelings” also approved
Under the law Russian Orthodoxy to retain “supervisory” role in Catholic orphanages
State Duma bill becomes law without the provision that would have allowed only public orphanages, but it confirms the control of the Russian Orthodox Church over Catholic institutions.
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