Topic: US Adoption Ban
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WASHINGTON, January 10 (RIA Novosti) - The US will continue its cooperation with Russia despite differences on a number of issues, such as the Russian adoption ban, US Department of State Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said on Wednesday.
“Our overall approach remains to try to cooperate with Russia as much as we can on as many issues as we can that we share, whether they’re bilateral issues, whether they’re regional issues like Nagorno-Karabakh, or whether they’re global issues like Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, et cetera,” Nuland said.
The Russian law, which was fast-tracked through parliament and signed by President Vladimir Putin late last year, is part of a wider response by Moscow to the Magnitsky Act, a US law that imposes travel bans and other sanctions on Russian officials suspected of human rights abuses. The law was signed into force by US President Barack Obama late last year.
State Duma lawmakers said the law was a response to what they called the inaction of US officials over the deaths of 19 Russian children adopted by Americans since 1999. Over 45,000 Russian children have been adopted by US families in that period, according to the US State Department.
Moscow terminated its bilateral child adoption agreement with Washington on January 9.
Russian officials said the ban halted the adoption of 46 Russian children by US families whose cases are currently being processed. The US puts the number affected by the ban at 500-1,000 at various stages of adoption.
Nuland explained the difference in numbers by varying approaches.
“Our numbers, based on our call for information from American families since this began a couple of weeks ago,” she said.
“I can’t speak to where that 46 number came from or how the Russians calculate. The last stage in this process is for the Russians to issue a passport so that the child can travel. So it’s possible that that number reflects that very last thing,” the spokeswoman went on.
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- bielecLiability has to be proven11:50, 10/01/2013This article states, "...US law that imposes travel bans and other sanctions on Russian officials suspected of human rights abuses..."
The Magnitsky Act states, "A BILL To impose sanctions on persons responsible for the detention, abuse, or death of Sergei Magnitsky...", etc.
There is a difference between "suspected" and "responsible". The "responsible" status has to be first supported by evidence and proven in legal proceedings.
Article 14.2 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1976) clearly states:
"Everyone charged with a criminal offence shall have the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law."
There is no doubt that a violation of human rights, which results in a death of a victim, would be criminal in nature.
This simply means that the Magnitsky Act" is toothless, unless and until those guilty of the alleged murder of Sergei Magnitsky are named, officially charged, and legally proven guilty.
Acting on the bases of suspicion alone would be illegal.
- bielecIn addition...12:40, 10/01/2013...Nuland should be more concerned with crimes against peace and war crimes committed by the US and its allies after September 11, 2001. Based on a pack of lies, these crimes resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of innocents victims, including civilians, women, elderly, and children.
Nuland should be concerned with similar crimes committed by U.S. ally Israel.
Nuland should be concerned with the gross violations of the UN "Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment", committed by the U.S. and its allies as part of the fictitious "wars on terrorism" which serve as a cover-up for illegal wars of conquest.
Nuland should be concerned with the U.S. support of terrorists, criminals, and foreign mercenaries attempting to destabilize Syria.
Nulad should be concerned with the growing body of evidence indicating that 9/11 was an inside job.
Nuland should be concerned with the Wall Street criminals whose corruption and speculations led to the collapse of the U.S. economy and the destruction of the American way of life.
Finally, Nuland should be concerned with the violations of human rights in the U.S. itself, for example, with the treatment of peaceful demonstrators and protesters in American cities.
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