Practice Relating to Rule 134. Women
The Russian Federation’s Regulations on the Application of IHL (2001) states: “Women … shall be the object of special respect and shall be protected against rape, forced prostitution and any other form of indecent assault.”
In 2012, during a UN Security Council meeting on women and peace and security, the deputy permanent representative of the Russian Federation stated:
With regard to using the so-called national action plans on implementing [the UN Security Council] resolution 1325 (2000) as a tool to assess a country’s policy in improving the status of women, States in situations of armed conflict should prepare such plans on a voluntary basis. …
In conclusion, we would like to reiterate our belief that ensuring the rights of women and their protection in armed conflict will be possible only through the joint efforts of all interested parties, including civil society. The guideline for us all on this issue continues to be implementation of [the] resolution 1325 (2000).