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Question: How important is it for Russia to be part of the UN Council on human rights (HRC), what opportunities it opens up for her?

Response: We consider the Council on human rights as a key body within the United Nations system, whose activities are designed to foster mutual respect and constructive cooperation of States in the human rights field.

As part of the Council (2006-2009, 2009-2012, 2013-2016), as well as being the observer (2013, 2017-present), Russia has consistently pursued a policy that HRC has been effective and efficient tool for the promotion and protection of human rights around the world. We are taking vigorous steps to integrate into his work the fundamental principles of universality, non-selectivity, objectivity, equal treatment of all categories of human rights and respect for cultural and civilizational diversity.

The basis of decision on nomination of Russia in the HRC for the period 2021-2023, he is the desire to continue the policy of honest, mutually respectful and equal dialogue on topical issues on the international human rights agenda. Election to the Board will create additional opportunities for us to develop our international partners understand the importance of establishing a constructive international dialogue on the promotion and protection of human rights, the inadmissibility of the use of the notorious policy of double standards, respecting national and historic peculiarities of each state in the process of democratic transformations without imposing someone borrowed value systems. We are convinced that the standards and principles enshrined in the universal Declaration of human rights and the International covenants on human rights must be consistently implemented around the world. In order to achieve this goal, it is necessary to focus the efforts of all participants of international relations to strengthen dialogue and cooperation, the involvement of stakeholders in the collective process of elaborating and adopting decisions, including in the human rights field.

Question: How will this help to protect Russian citizens abroad? Are existing legal methods, efforts to address issues in their arrests?

Answer: the UN Council on human rights, first and foremost, is a political body, which discussed human rights issues relevant to the entire international community. Taken in the context of the HRC decisions are not binding for States, and in this context can hardly be considered as effective mechanism against the tyranny perpetrated today by individual States against our citizens abroad. Although, of course, membership in the Council gives us more opportunities not only to raise this issue at the political level in the UN, but in some cases conducted jointly with the associates in the documents of the HRC language in condemnation of this vicious practice.

Question: does the right of Russia today to move from a policy of “noninterference in the Affairs of other States” on the format of much criticism of human rights violations around the world? What says it?

Answer: non-Interference in the internal Affairs of sovereign States is a basic principle of modern international relations, which we have consistently advocated at various negotiation forums. The field of human rights is no exception.

We always proceeded from the fact that the human rights track rod element of the work of the UN should be an equal and constructive cooperation on the basis of the broadest consensus of States. The only way to ensure the unification of efforts of the international community in the promotion and protection of human rights. Unacceptable is the use of human rights to pressure or political accounts, promoting controversial concepts, making a split in the international community. Such actions not only undermine efforts to promote human rights, but discrediting human rights doctrine as such.

In this regard, we have repeatedly expressed a negative attitude to the practice of politicized consideration by UN bodies the human rights situation in a particular state. We are deeply convinced that it is contrary to the fundamental principles of international cooperation, as equality, non-selectivity, impartiality and objectivity. Many years of experience in the functioning of human rights bodies of the UN system demonstrates that didactic tone and name calling has never contributed to the advancement of human rights. Instead of trying to isolate individual States, the international community, we believe we should involve them in a respectful and equitable dialogue.

Q: How Russia’s membership in the HRC can help to overcome Russophobia?

Answer: this question is rather simplistic. In the United Nations Russia has deservedly earned the unquestioned authority thanks to its consistent and open foreign policy, respect for international law, its international partners, the ability to listen and take into account their legitimate interests. Although, of course, and among the States members of the United Nations there are those who are trying to play anti-Russian card, while not shrinking by any means. You can counteract this only one way – patiently and clearly and without stumbling on mutual accusations, to explain to foreign partners the basic directions external and internal policy of Russia. In fact, this is what we consistently do, regardless of the status of Russia in the UN Council on human rights.

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