Human rights and humanitarian issues

Comment by the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva on the implementation of the Russia-US agreements on Syria

he public sphere is recently actively used to force Anti-Russian rhetoric in the context of the Syrian crisis. There are attempts to diminish Russia’s role and depict our country as the prime cause of all the troubles in Syria. It is speculated that Moscow counts on the military solution of the conflict. The aim of this campaign is simple – to conceal the true culprits of the failure of the CoH in Syria and disguise the true causes of the non-fulfillment of the Russia-US agreements. The Russian Federation made a thorough fact-based comparative analysis of implementation of the Russia-US agreements. It includes all aspects such as compliance with and monitoring of CoH, granting of humanitarian access to besieged areas, joint fight against terrorism. The conducted analysis clearly shows that Russia has responsibly fulfilled all of its obligations within the agreements in a timely manner. Here are some examples. Russia guaranteed the implementation of the CoH by the Syrian government. The US on the other hand were not capable to insure the implementation of the CoH by the armed groups. From February to September the opposition groups that are supposed to be under the US control committed 2,031 violations of the CoH, which claimed lives of 3,532 military personnel and 12,800 civilians. Furthermore, the US failed to fulfill their February promise to separate Al-Nusra Front from “moderate” opposition. Russia on the other hand since March has been prepared to transfer to Washington the maps showing the zones where according to our data the terrorists are holding territory. In the list of groups that confirmed their commitment to the CoH presented by Washington 2 belong to ISIS and 8 to the Al-Nusra Front. The American list is discredited by the inclusion of cutthroats from Ahrar al-Sham and Nour al-Din al-Zenki. Besides the US probably didn’t receive any written guaranties to respect the CoH from the groups they allegedly control.

World Humanitarian Summit Global Consultations Remarks by Mr. Alexander Alimov Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia

The main reason for the dramatic and unprecedented increase in demand for humanitarian assistance and the growing gap between the needs and available resources – is a major surge in conflicts and long-running and protracted crises, leading to insecurity, loss of livelihoods, massive displacement. Out of 12 billion US dollars mobilized so far this year only 600 million – or 5 per cent - were to be spent on response to natural disasters. Therefore, the political settlement and prevention of the conflicts should be recognized as the key factor of reducing pressure on the international humanitarian system and making it sustainable and not stretched over the limits. The Summit should become a venue to send the strongest possible message for the termination of violence and the end to conflicts. Our “reinvigorated commitment to humanity” should start from this call followed appropriate actions.

Statement by Mr. A.NIKIFOROV, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation at the meeting of the High-level Group on Humanitarian challenges in Syria, 17 September 2015

The humanitarian situation in Syria remains a great concern to all of us. At the same time lots of efforts are exerted by UN humanitarian family, states, other humanitarian organisations, including ICRC to alleviate the suffering of the people. We note with satisfaction OCHA is working effectively in Syria. We commend its consistent cooperation with Damascus that is bringing fruit. In August 4 mln. people were reached, including in hard-to-reach areas. 109 UN requests, including 51 visa requests, were approved though. Authorisation was given to UNISEF to reach Douma, Harasta, Foua and Kefraya. WHO was authorized to deliver medical aid to Douma. NGO “Rebuild Iraq” was granted to operate. We expect the same approach from authorities for the Norwegian Refugee Council. In Yalda, Babila and Beit Sahm UNRWA delivered food and medicine. This positive tendency should be consolidated. Russia for its part will continue convincing the Syrian Government to exercise collaborative approach.

Statement by Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN and Other International Organisations in Geneva Andrey Nikiforov at the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council during a dialogue with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, September 14, 2015

We have carefully studied the statement by the High Commissioner and would like to stress that we are also concerned about the situation in Ukraine. As noted in reports by the UN Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, the freedom ofexpression and assembly is still limited in the country, and there are numerous instances of intimidation, torture and abductions by Ukrainian security and law enforcement services. Many of the crimes, in particular the Odessa tragedy, are in fact not being investigated. The humanitarian situation in the conflict zone remains difficult and is only worsening as the winter approaches. Despite the appeals from international organisations, Kiev has not abandoned its disastrous approach of the economic blockade of Donbass, which is hurting the vulnerable sections demographics of the population most of all. The blockade impedes the operation of humanitarian organisations and the delivery of aid to civilians.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the High Level Segment of the 28th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, March 2, 2015

Along with promoting global peace, security and sustainable development, protecting human rights must remain an absolute priority of the UN. The way the international situation is unfolding confirms again that respect for human rights is impossible without taking due efforts to strengthen global and regional stability. Anyone can see the tragedy of millions of civilians, including women and children, unfolding across the vast expanses of the MENA that have been destabilised as a result of illegal actions to topple unwanted regimes and pander to extremists. The fate of the Christian population is of particular concern. We are grateful to all of our partners who supported our initiative to hold a high level meeting on protecting Christians, which will be held here today at the Palace of Nations.

Extract on the questions of human rights from Address of Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, to the Federal Assembly

The Russian Constitution brings together two fundamental priorities – the supreme value of rights and freedoms of citizens and a strong state, emphasising their mutual obligation to respect and protect each other. The constitutional framework must be stable, above all in what concerns its second chapter, which defines the rights and freedoms of individuals and citizens. These provisions of our fundamental law are inviolable.

General overview of the flooding situationin the Far East region of the Russian Federation

In the six affected areas of the Far East region a task force comprising of 40648 people and 6769 technical units,including 15 airplanes, has been created. The situation is under constant observation and control, the relevant authorities are operating under the state of emergency.
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