Fight for Children’s Rights; to find some way to establish a legal balance between rights of the parents and the rights of the child
In a bid to prevent parents from giving unusual and weird names to their children, a veteran Russian senator has drafted a bill defining a personal name and introducing the rules under which they can be officially registered.
“The citizen’s name is understood as a means of individualization that cannot be comprised of figures, numerals, symbols in any combination, abbreviations, explicit words and cannot contain indications on official ranks or positions,” read the amendments to the Civil Code proposed by Senator Valentina Petrenko, who represents the Republic of Khakassiya.
Another part of the bill is an amendment to the Law on Civil Acts that would forbid state bodies to register names that do not comply with the listed limitations.
In an explanatory note attached with the bill, Petrenko wrote that her primary objective was not to limit the parents’ right to choose the name for their child, but to find some way to establish a legal balance between this right of the parents and the rights of the child.