RUSSIA: Night curfew for children

The Russian state Duma (parliament) has approved a bill introducing 'night curfews' for children, banning them from visiting public places during restricted hours without parents or guardians.

The bill is an amendment to the law on the rights of a child, which bans minors from visiting gambling parlours, restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, cinema halls and other places of entertainment.

It also prohibits them from being on the streets, visiting parks and stadiums and travelling on public transport from 10 pm to 6 am, without the company of parents or guardians.

The bill, which will come into force after approval by the Federation Council of Russia (upper house of parliament), permits the state's regions to expand the list of places and extend the hours of curfew by up to two hours.

Parents and guardians of minors as well as owners and managers of public places will be fined for violating the law.

According to lawmaker Yelena Mizulina, chair of the child welfare committee of the Duma (lower house of parliament), the bill is aimed at protecting children under 18 from violence and criminal influence.

CRIN is working on a global report on the issue of 'status offences', whereby children may face criminal proceedings for an offence which would not incur a penalty if the same offence was committed by an adult.

We are also developing a microsite on children and discrimination, which will examine how children face discrimination and why this may impact your work.

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