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Moscow urges US to abandon ideas of its impeccability in human rights issues

September 25, 2015, 19:36 UTC+3
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MOSCOW, September 25. /TASS/. The United States should accord with reality its erroneous ideas of exceptionalism and impeccability in the issues concerning human rights, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Friday in comments on the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Belarus, United States situation with human rights in the US

On Thursday, in Geneva the UN Human Rights Council adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of the United States.

"We would like to point out that although the United States agreed with lots of recommendations, it limited them with some stipulations," the ministry said. "Washington’s attempts to find excuses for the most important remarks of the world community, including on illegal extrajudicial executions and use of drones against the civilian population cannot stand any criticism."

"We demand that the US take seriously the recommendations received at the Universal Periodic Review and begin conscientious work aimed at their implementation," it said. "In particular, the United States must shut down the Guantanamo prison, lift the special services’ large-scale surveillance programmes targeting its citizens and foreigners, stop extrajudicial executions and murders, undertake all the needed efforts to prevent racial discrimination and violence, eradicate police brutality, get under control the penitentiary system, cut short child trafficking veiled as adoptions, improve the situation with migrants’ rights, stop abductions all over the world, impose a moratorium on capital punishment and stop violating the international humanitarian law."

"We would like to believe that Washington will take criticism from the international community and will eventually begin improving the situation with human rights within the United States," the ministry said. "To do so, [the country] should abandon mentor approaches to the others and to accord with reality its erroneous ideas about own exceptionalism and impeccability in the issues concerning human rights."

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