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Attempts to impose one-sided interpretation of human rights discredit very idea of rights

April 11, 2014, 22:34 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, April 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Attempts to impose one-sided interpretation of human rights norms discredit the very concept of human rights, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told Itar-Tass on Friday.

“Not a single state or a group of states has no right to monopolize the interpretation of human rights norms,” he stressed. “Attempts to impose their one-sided interpretation under the guise of generally accepted standards discredit the very concept of human rights to an extent that the mere words ‘human rights’ or ‘human rights activists’ are taken with caution.”

“It is still worse when human rights are used as a tool to promote geopolitical interests,” he noted. “And it is absolutely inacceptable when they are used in attempts to spare criminals from trial and punishment.”

“Examples are plentiful,” Gatilov went on to say. “At a recent session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, some delegations tried to justify a ‘right to peaceful protest.” And external support to such ‘peaceful’ protest was interpreted not as interference into domestic affairs but as advocacy of human rights, i.e. as legitimate actions. It was nothing else but an attempt to legalize ‘color revolutions,’ like the Maidan or what happened in Georgia, Kyrgyzsatn, or in Ukraine several years ago.

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