LONDON, 22 Feb – RIA Novosti. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will urge the UN Human Rights Council to take action on “systematic human rights violations” in Russia, Belarus, Myanmar and China, but on the response to the harsh government crackdown on protesters in the United States and Spain in leaked speech fragments the Briton said nothing.
The excerpts from Raab's speech at the disposal of RIA Novosti, which he will deliver at a meeting of the Human Rights Council on Monday, refer to the situation around Alexei Navalny and the use of force against the participants in the uncoordinated actions, in connection with which the British minister claims that “Russia does not fulfill its international obligations “.
At the same time, in these fragments, the British minister does not pay attention either to the massive persecution by the American authorities of those who protested in Washington who disagree with the results of the presidential elections in the United States, or to the ongoing police crackdown of thousands of protests in Spanish cities using truncheons, tear gas and rubber bullets, or to deprivation freedom of the Spanish rapper Pablo Asel, convicted of criticizing the monarchy and songs in support of radical groups considered terrorist in Spain.
Against this backdrop, Raab calls for Russia to take new measures. “We encourage other council members to consider whether Russia's actions are in line with its international human rights obligations and the values we are committed to and which we have pledged to support,” in the text of Raab's speech.
The Russian Foreign Ministry previously advised foreign politicians commenting on the situation with Navalny to respect international law and deal with the problems of their countries, while the Russian President's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin did not intend to listen to statements from abroad about Navalny. Navalny himself and a number of Western countries claim that he was poisoned with military substance by officers of the special services of the Russian Federation, the Russian prosecutor's office and the police began to conduct checks on the day of Navalny's hospitalization, but Russia is still waiting for a response from Germany, where Navalny received treatment, to an official request on this situation …
Uncoordinated protests took place on January 23 in different cities of Russia and continued on February 31 and February 2, despite numerous warnings from the authorities, including about the danger of contracting coronavirus. Both the organizers of the actions and ordinary participants accused of attacks on the security forces were detained in criminal cases. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov called the organizers of the uncoordinated actions provocateurs. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, everyone has the right to express an opinion, but “anything that goes beyond the law is not just counterproductive, but dangerous.”
The British minister will also touch upon the situation in Belarus. “Last year's rigged presidential elections and Mr. Lukashenko's brutal suppression of those calling for change led to a crisis with human rights. There is no other way to describe it,” Raab said.
He will urge the council to thoroughly investigate human rights violations, including reports of torture.
“The UK will support initiatives aimed at keeping Belarus on the Council's agenda for as long as it takes, and until the Belarusian people can enjoy their democratic rights and fundamental freedoms,” the British Foreign Minister said.
After the presidential elections held in Belarus on August 9, 2020, in which Lukashenka won for the sixth time, who, according to the CEC, gained 80.1% of the vote, mass opposition protests began in the country. During their dispersal, the security forces used special means and special equipment. The authorities have officially confirmed the deaths of three protesters. On February 11, the KGB of Belarus announced that the situation in the country had stabilized, the peak of the protests had passed, and their manifestations had practically disappeared.
The Belarusian opposition considers Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to be the winner of the elections, on whose initiative a coordinating council for the transit of power was created. Criminal cases have been initiated against a number of members of the coordination council in Belarus, including calls for the seizure of power, the creation of an extremist group, and a conspiracy to seize state power in an unconstitutional way. Tikhanovskaya was put on the interstate wanted list, she lives with her children in Lithuania.
Raab is also outraged at the situation in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Protests in Belarus “The situation in Xinjiang is out of the ordinary. Reported violations, including torture, forced labor and forced sterilization of women, are outrageous and widespread. on an industrial scale, “the minister is convinced.
“The UN mechanisms must respond. The UN Special Representative for Human Rights or other independent investigative expert must – I repeat, must – get urgent and unhindered access to Xinjiang,” Raab said.
The head of the British Foreign Office also states that the human rights situation in Myanmar is getting worse.
“This crisis is increasing the risk for Rohingya and other ethnic minorities,” Raab said.
“The military must retreat, the civilian leaders must be released. And the democratic desires of the people of Myanmar must be respected. That is why, at this session, we will once again co-sponsor a resolution to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar so that he can continue his necessary work,” promises Raab.