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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The sad pattern: why Russia has not passed in the UN Council on human rights

Russia has not received the required number of votes for election to the UN Council on human rights (UNHRC) and will leave him after his term at the end of this year.

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A total of 14 were elected members of the HRC for three-year terms beginning on 1 January. From the African group to the Council were Egypt, Rwanda, Tunisia and South Africa; from countries in the Asia-Pacific region – China, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Japan; Latin American countries as Brazil and Cuba; group of Western European and other countries – the UK and USA. In the group of Eastern European Russia, which was endorsed by 112 countries, lost to Hungary (поддержали144 countries) and Croatia (114 countries).

Read the story: Russia is not re-elected in the new composition of the UNHRC

Russia does not chose unfortunately, is natural, – explains the analyst Stanislav Trigorin. Over the last three years happened too many events that definitely influenced the negative decision in relation to Russia. The main Eastern Ukraine, Crimea, the war in Syria… the Concentration of these events in such a short time the inevitable impact on voting. Perhaps they are affected and a sharp deterioration in relations between Russia and the United States. Those who depend on America, forced to condemn our country, even if in their hearts they sympathize with her. It would be fairer if the decision about which state to be with HRC, and who wasn’t, took an independent human rights defenders. But the decision of the government of the States, so South Africa and Rwanda have passed, and Russia – no. What do you think the people of Rwanda about the real situation with human rights in their country, we are unlikely to ever know.

Earlier human rights defenders 87 organizations urged to exclude Russia from the UN human rights Council because of Moscow’s policy in Syria. In their view, Russia’s actions in Syria “represent a clear contrast with its rhetoric of commitment to human rights”. The Kremlin said in response that the defenders would have been more convincing if they were as resolute in condemning terrorists ‘ actions in Syria.


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