Human rights and humanitarian issues

Statement by the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Office and other International Organizations in Geneva Gennady Gatilov during the Webinar "Democracy and human rights: common goals with diversified approaches"

We have decided to focus today’s discussion on what unites all countries, contrary to the modern discourse based on the assumption that each State must copy a number of so-called “old”, “leading” or “real” democracies or other definitions used by those who identify themselves as a model for the rest of the world. Building a real democracy is impossible without cultivating respect for human rights and freedoms in society and establishing an effective system for their promotion and protection. By upholding the fundamental principles of liberty, equality and fraternity, democracy creates an enabling environment for individuals to live freely and autonomously. It institutionally guarantees that the policies and laws created by governments take into account the best interests of people who have entrusted their leaders to govern their States. It is a classical form of the social contract which was first described in Greek and Roman philosophy and then transformed by Rousseau and other famous thinkers of the Age of Enlightenment.

Remarks by the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UNOG Mr. Nikita ZHUKOV on the side event in the margins of the 48th session of the Human Rights Council "Baltic States and Ukraine: State policy of discrimination against national minorities"

A wide range of “tools” used to exert pressure on Russian and Russian-language media includes blocking Internet content, banning journalists from entering the country, stripping them – under false pretexts – of their official accreditation, closing bank accounts and so on. Similar developments are taking place in the field of education, where the three States have over many years been conducting a systematic campaign to squeeze out the Russian language. Among the most outrageous manifestations of State policy of discrimination on the basis of linguistic and national characteristics is the persistence of mass statelessness. It is unacceptable when the so-called protection of a state language has to be accompanied by repressions against national minorities.

Statement of the Representative of the Russian Federation on the side event on human rights situation in the West

The Russian Foreign Ministry closely monitors the human rights situation around the world, including in Western countries. The post of MFA Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law was created exactly for this reason. Within his mandate the Commissioner presents on a regular basis thematic reports drawing attention to the increasing number of human rights violations in countries around the world. The most recent report was released just yesterday. Despite the legal mechanisms created and functioning within the framework of the UN, the OSCE and the Council of Europe that deny, condemn and do not allow the glorification of Nazism, racism, xenophobia and related intolerance, in a number of countries we are witnessing widespread dissemination of racist ideas and values. We see a growing number of xenophobic and racist manifestations, outbursts of aggressive nationalism, chauvinism, and other forms of racial and religious intolerance in countries on both sides of the Atlantic. The authorities of these countries justify their inaction with regard to manifestations of intolerance by hypocritical references to the allegedly absolute nature of the right to freedom of expression. In addition, the authorities of some states are beginning to use these manifestations as a pretext for cracking down on legitimate political opponents.

Sergey Lavrov Video Address at the High-Level Segment of the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (11 February 2021)

Madam President, Ladies and Gentlemen, This year, Russia is participating again in the work of the United Nations Human Rights Council as a full member. We regard our return to the main human rights body of the global Organization as confirmation of our country’s key role in all the areas of multilateral cooperation. We intend to make active use of our mandate in the Human Rights Council in order to strengthen its capacity and authority, as well as to advance a unifying agenda.

STATEMENT BY THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF THE FEDERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION in connection with the violation of the principle of freedom of speech by global American Internet companies

The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation strongly condemns the actions of global U.S. Internet companies, which for political reasons, without legal grounds and contrary to the norms of international law, restrict freedom of expression in social networks of the information and telecommunications network "Internet". Developments after the presidential election in the United States of America have shown that the American Internet giants have embarked on a path of widespread use of censorship, contrary to the principles of democracy and the generally recognized right of citizens to seek, receive and disseminate information, as well as illegal blocking of alternative platforms.

STATEMENT OF THE FEDERATION COUNCIL OF THE FEDERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION regarding discrimination of Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine

The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation expresses deep concern that as soon as September 2020, when provisions of new Ukrainian legislation on education enter into force, teaching in educational institutions (except for pre-school and elementary levels) in Ukraine – country, in which Russian is a mother tongue for millions of people – will be almost solely in Ukrainian. In its Statement regarding the adoption of Ukrainian Law «On Education» (Resolution of The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation № 354-SF of September 27, 2017), the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation identified that this legislation contradicts the Constitution of Ukraine and commitments made by Ukraine according to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities of February 1, 1995, and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages of November 5, 1992, infringes upon the interests of Russian-speaking population of the country, and is aimed at total ukrainization.

Statement by Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Office in Geneva H.E.Mr.Gennady Gatilov at the opening of the exhibition "Painting the Legends" by indigenous peoples' painter Veronica Osipova Geneva, 26 November

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen! It is my honor to share with you the unique works of Ms.Osipova. It is not by chance that this wonderful exhibition is being displayed during the 8th session of the Forum on Business and Human Rights. This time its work is focused on the role Governments can play in the promotion of corporate social responsibility. Moreover, a separate discussion is dedicated to the rights of indigenous peoples, since this population group is particularly vulnerable when huge businesses start operating nearby. I am proud to say that the Russian Government attaches great importance to the preservation of traditional knowledge and skills transmitted through the centuries from the elder indigenous generation to the younger one. We have developed a separate federal level-concept of indigenous peoples’ sustainable development which tackles these issues as well.

Statement by the Representative of the Russian Federation at the GFMD Thematic Workshop “Implementation of the Global Compact for Migration at the National Level”

Mr. Chairman, The Russian Federation has supported the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. This compromise document covers many dimensions of international migration, including humanitarian aspects, development issues and human rights. The Global Compact is not a legally binding instrument and does not impose legal or financial obligations on the acceding countries. At the same time, it enables States on the basis of their own national priorities and legislation to address challenges in the field of migration management, sets out specific directions for the approaches towards international migration and shapes universal views on this issue.

International experts: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia - an example of best practice of non-discrimination in sport

On August 28 a discussion on non-discrimination in sport was held in the framework of the 16th session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.
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