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Moscow notes growing politicization and use of double standards at UN Human Rights Council

July 03, 2015, 21:54 UTC+3 MOSCOW
That is why the Russian delegation was forced to put for voting a number of resolutions, including one-sided texts on Syria and Belarus, and a politicized draft on technical assistance to Ukraine
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MOSCOW, July 3. /TASS/. Russia notes growing politicization and increased use of double standards at the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Russian foreign ministry said on Friday after the council’s session in Geneva.

"Regrettably, we have to state that the Council is developing tendencies towards politicization and is demonstrating double standards," the ministry said. "That is why the Russian delegation was forced to put for voting a number of resolutions, including one-sided texts on Syria and Belarus, and a politicized draft on technical assistance to Ukraine."

The Russian delegation, according to the ministry, had played an active and constructive role during the session to promote the consideration of the most difficult issues of the international human rights agenda in the light of cooperation and dialogue.

"Russia will continue its efforts in the United Nations Human Rights Council to promote the principle of constructive depoliticized cooperation between states as a cornerstone of the United Nation’s human rights dimension," the ministry stressed.

The ministry informed that at Russia’s initiative the Council adopted without voting a resolution of celebrating an anniversary of international covenants on civil and political rights and on economic, social and cultural rights, which were the basis of the present-day universal system of promoting and protecting human rights. The resolution provides for the organization of a top-level discussion on that matter at the Council’s session in March 2016.

"On behalf of member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a joint statement was made on ensuring security of journalists and reporters in conditions of armed conflicts," the Russian foreign ministry said. "The statement expressed profound concern over ongoing violence against journalists. A clear signal was sent to the world community on the necessity of prompt and unbiased investigations into such crimes."

Apart from that, a resolution on the protection of the family and its role in ensuring sustainable development and uprooting poverty was taken on the initiative of the Russian delegation and the Group of Friends of the Family, the ministry added.

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