Belarus on the sidelines of the UN drew attention to high-profile cases of human rights violations in the West
On the initiative of Belarus, on July 9, an event took place within the framework of the 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council, which is currently taking place in Geneva (Switzerland), on the topic “Human rights in the West: lack of international control and response to violations of human rights.” This was reported by the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.
The event was organized with the support of the Permanent Missions of Venezuela, China and Russia in Geneva.
The head of the main department of multilateral diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Irina Velichko, presented to the discussion participants the report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs “The most resonant cases of human rights violations in certain countries of the world”, released on June 30, 2021.
The Belarusian diplomat noted in her speech that the facts presented in the report confirm numerous and systemic violations of human rights in Western countries. These states are encouraged to tackle domestic problems in this area and not blame other countries.
Special emphasis is placed on the need to return the original meaning to the concept of “human rights” in accordance with international treaties and make them a real factor in the well-being and sustainable development of societies and states, and not a source of confrontation and political claims.
During the event, the chairman of the Standing Committee on International Affairs of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Andrei Savinykh also spoke. Representatives of international academic circles and non-governmental organizations who spoke at the thematic discussion noted the existence of problems with the situation with human rights in the countries of the collective West and spoke in favor of the need for a monitoring process by the international community on this issue.