MOSCOW, May 14. /TASS/. Russia’s delegation will present a national report on human rights at Monday’s session of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Working Group, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"On May 14, the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 30th session of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva will consider Russia’s third national report," the statement reads. "The document contains information about the recommendations Russia accepted within the second cycle of review in 2013, as well as about new measures to strengthen the promotion and protection of human rights in our country," the Russian Foreign Ministry said, adding that "the report will be presented by a delegation headed by Acting Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov."
"Russia considers the Universal Periodic Review to be a unique platform for sharing experiences and practices on the promotion and protection of human rights," the statement adds. "We believe that the voluntary cooperation of countries, non-politicized and constructive dialogue, and support for national efforts in the field of human rights, as well as principles such as impartiality and universality, are the key to the UPR’s effectiveness," the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.
The Russian delegation will include leading experts from federal ministries and state agencies, including the Foreign Ministry, the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Investigative Committee and the Civic Chamber, as well as the Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights.
According to the UN Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review "is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. The UPR is a significant innovation of the Human Rights Council which is based on equal treatment for all countries.".