GENEVA — A panel of U.N.-backed experts that focuses on children's human rights called Thursday on Russia to prevent efforts to rewrite school curricula and textbooks to reflect the government's “political and military agenda,” including over the war in Ukraine.
The Committee on the Rights of the Child held two days of hearings in Geneva last month before presenting its findings on conditions in Russia. The examination was part of a regular review that all U.N. member countries receive.
The 18-member committee of independent experts last examined Russia's record on children's rights a decade ago. The panel also urged the Russia government to investigate war crime allegations against President Vladimir Putin's commissioner for children's rights.
Russian officials attended the committee's Jan. 22-23 hearings, and the Russia's mission in Geneva said Moscow would respond to the report.
In March 2023, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, his children's rights commissioner, accusing them of abducting children from Ukraine.
The U.N. committee, in its concluding observations, said it was “deeply concerned” about the allegations of Lvova-Belova's responsibility and urged Russian authorities to “investigate allegations of war crimes perpetrated” by her. It did not mention the allegations against Putin.
The Russian government has faced international condemnation…