In 2016, Russia was not included in the UN HRC for 2017-2019 after human rights defenders campaigned against her election due to the bombing in Syria
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov condemned the “double standards” that, in his opinion, are being applied by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in favor of Western democratic values, through “interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states … which do not share very dubious values invented by the West unilaterally ”. Lavrov said this on Tuesday, speaking at a meeting of the UN HRC in Geneva.
Speaking at a meeting of the Council, Sergei Lavrov did not hide his contempt for the so-called country resolutions adopted by the UN HRC. He said that these resolutions are increasingly becoming a pretext for interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states..
The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry criticized the imposition of unilateral sanctions, which, according to him, are often used by Western countries for “attempts to change unwanted governments.”.
“Such a vicious practice leads to escalation of confrontation, and, ultimately, narrows the ability of citizens to exercise their legal rights. Reliable provision of rights and freedoms is incompatible with double standards. It is surprising that some Western colleagues, who are lip service to democracy, deliberately turn a blind eye to the blatant suppression of basic human rights in Ukraine, ”Lavrov said..
Lavrov did not mention the names of the countries. The United States, the European Union and other countries imposed sanctions on Russia and Crimea after Russia launched a military invasion of Ukraine to support the separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine in February 2014.
According to the UN Human Rights Office, the war in eastern Ukraine resulted in the deaths of 13,000 people, a quarter of them civilians. Another 30 thousand people were injured, 1.5 million residents left the region and moved to other parts of Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict and after the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Lavrov also attacked the Western powers for their support and justification of military actions taken by “radical” and “terrorist groups” in Idlib in northwestern Syria.
“Otherwise, it is difficult to explain the admonitions about the possibility of concluding agreements on an armistice with the bandits, as is the case when discussing the situation in Idlib. This is not a concern for human rights, but surrender to terrorists, or even encouragement of their activities – in flagrant violation of universal conventions and numerous UN Security Council resolutions, “Lavrov said..
On the eve of the UN warned of the possible death of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Idlib if the Syrian government forces, backed by Russia, do not stop carpet bombing of the rebellious province.
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Lavrov called on the UN Human Rights Council to abolish what, in his words, are “double standards.” The Russian minister added that this is why “the Russian Federation has put forward its candidacy for election to the Council for the period 2021-2023.”
In 2016, Russia was excluded from the UN Human Rights Council for 2017-2019 after human rights defenders campaigned against her election due to bombing by the Russian military in Syria..