We, the undersigned,
- acknowledge the adoption of "Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012" as a profoundly pro-Russian step which will help Russian citizens bring individuals involved in corruption and violation of human rights to justice;
- are outraged with the actions of Russian law-makers, who breached all imaginable boundaries of humanity, responsibility, or common sense and chose to jeopardize lives and well-being of thousands of Russian orphans, some of whom, the ill and the disabled ones, now might not have a chance of survival if the ban on international adoption is to be put in place;
- urge this Administration to identify those involved in adopting such legislature responsible under "Magnitsky Act" and thus included to the relevant list.
Response to Petition
By National Security Staff
The United States shares your concerns regarding the bill passed by the Russian Duma that, if it were to become law, would ban inter-country adoptions between the United States and Russia and would restrict the ability of Russian civil society organizations to work with American partners. We will continue to raise these concerns with Russian government.
Children should have every opportunity to grow up in loving families; their fate should not be linked to unrelated political considerations. The United States and Russia concluded a bilateral agreement on inter-country adoptions, which entered into force on November 1, 2012. The Agreement provides additional safeguards to better protect the welfare and interests of children and all parties involved in inter-country adoptions.
The United States also remains committed to supporting the development of civil society and the democratic process around the world, including in Russia. We deeply regret recent efforts to restrict civil society activity in Russia, and to single out organizations that have U.S. partners for special restrictions. In today’s interconnected world, non-governmental organizations should be free to cooperate internationally with partners of their choice.
The United States remains concerned over the lack of accountability for those implicated in the tragic death in 2009 of Sergey Magnitskiy. The United States will continue to call for full accountability for those responsible for Magnitskiy’s unjust imprisonment and wrongful death, including through implementation of the Sergey Magnitskiy Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012.