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US, EU interference in other countries’ affairs unacceptable — Russia's ambassador to OSCE

September 22, 2014, 21:29 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The US claims to be monitoring the human rights situation in other countries, which no one has asked it to do, Russia's Ambassador to the OSCE Andrei Kelin says
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MOSCOW, September 22. /ITAR-TASS/. US and EU interference in other countries’ affairs is unacceptable, Russian Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Andrei Kelin said on Monday.

“The US claims to be monitoring the human rights situation in other countries, which no one has asked it to do. At the same time, it cannot solve its own human rights problems. Unlike other countries, the US has not expanded its participation in international treaties and conventions over the past several years,” Kelin said at the Warsaw Human Dimension Session of the 2014 OSCE Review Conference.

“The electoral practice in the US is far from perfect. The disgraceful Guantanamo prison has not been closed. Medical experiments with those on the death row evoke the darkest associations,” he said.

Kelin said children remained one of the least protected groups. “Child labor is still used and trafficking in children, including for sexual exploitation, thrives in the United States, this ‘showcase of democracy’,” Kelin said.

“Harsh treatment of adopted children is not properly investigated. And events in Ferguson exposed better than anything less the acuteness of the old problems of racism and segregation,” he added.

The US, which “teaches other countries amid serious challenges and threats at home, is unfortunately followed by some other OSCE Western partners,” the diplomat said.

The European Union and Canada “stubbornly refuse to notice and recognize the obvious escalation of dangerous tendencies which the OSCE is obligated to counter”, he said.

The revival of Nazi ideology, the spread of far right trends and views, and the protection of journalists on business trips, including in armed conflicts, have been blocked from the conference’s agenda.

“Disregard for the basic human rights and freedoms, including the right of people to self-determination, may have fatal consequences. We have already seen this policy that has triggered numerous violations of human rights norms and international humanitarian law, mass civilian deaths and eventually a humanitarian catastrophe in some parts within the OSCE region,” Kelin said.

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