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Report on human rights problems in EU must prompt Brussels to “correction of errors”

January 16, 2014, 1:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russian Foreign Ministry’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law said that the report based on data of highly respected international and national sources
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MOSCOW, January 16, 0:57 /ITAR-TASS/. It is hoped in Moscow that the publication of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s report on the situation with human rights in the EU will prompt Brussels to serious work “to correct errors”, Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, stated on Wednesday. The report was published on the Foreign Ministry’s website in Russian and English.

The diplomat said that the report based on data of highly respected international and national sources summed up vast information about numerous, including systemic, problems that states of the European Union and its integration structures faced in 2013.

“The most acute problems include the continued spread of xenophobia, racism, aggressive nationalism and neo-Nazism, infringement of lawful rights and interests of minorities, including the Russian-speaking population of the Baltic countries,” Dolgov noted. “The situation with the media freedom was far from unclouded; there were cases of invasion of privacy and infringement of citizens’ social rights and police abuses of power. And this is far from the complete list,” he said.

Dolgov has also said that while a number of EU countries pledge adherence to observing generally recognized international norms and standards, they still refuse to assume obligations even on the basic multilateral agreements in the area of human rights or else assume them with reservations making them ineffective.

“We expect that the publication of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s report will stimulate our partners in the EU to serious and effective work to ‘correct errors’,” Dolgov said. He also confirmed the readiness of the Russian side to “constructive and mutually-respectful exchange of opinion with them on the themes of human rights.

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