Video: Russia opposes moves to use HR issues to interfere in SL’s affairs

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Human rights issues—although a legitimate global concern—must not be used by the international community to interfere in the internal affairs of a country or as a tool of force, a high ranking Russian official today said, while on a visit to Sri Lanka.

Director of the Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights of the Russian Foreign Ministry Mr. Anatoly Viktorov today said Russia rejected the approach taken by some countries to push for sanctions against countries they consider to be violating human rights.

“Those sanctions will only increase the suffering of people and contribute to aggravating their situation,” Mr. Viktorov said while addressing the media in Colombo upon concluding his visit here.

Mr. Viktorov said he was impressed by the steps taken by Sri Lanka to overcome the aftermath of the conflict.

He said Russia agreed that the work of the UN in promoting and protection human rights must be done in accordance with international law.

“No violation of the UN Charter or attempt to undermine norms and principles of the international law may be justified by any cause. Unfortunately the UN human rights machinery experiences a number of problems like the lack of trust. To restore this it is necessary to introduce the principle of cooperation in the work of the UN human rights dimension. Russia and Sri Lanka continue working on it jointly”, he said.

Mr. Viktorov said Russia would support only those resolutions in the Human Rights Council and General Assembly which enjoy the support and consent of the country concerned. “No country is free of human rights violations and therefore we reject the practice of naming and shaming which actually discredits human rights causes.”(Ajith Siriwardana)
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  • Rohan Saturday, 15 February 2014 03:03 AM

    Thank you Russia. SL is the only country who defeated terrorism in recent world history. US is just trying to hide terrible crimes they've done against human rights in many countries by pointing a noisy finger towards Sri Lanka. via DM Android App

    rakavan Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:41 AM

    From a country that does not even know the meaning of democracy and human rights. Remember how Stalin slaughtered millions of Russians.

    Saskia Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:54 AM

    First, a resolution must be adopted against Russia and China because these countries defends the small countries which have a very large HR violatons.

    sg Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:57 AM

    MR has two options either he should fall into the well or has to wait until his people push into the well.

    mack Saturday, 15 February 2014 08:44 PM

    Russia and China are the worst in HR violations, communist rats via DM Android App

    Rohan Sunday, 16 February 2014 06:37 AM

    I always wonder how and why the world's largest human rights violator US always goes unnoticed to many in pointing fingers game. via DM Android App

    Roshan Sunday, 16 February 2014 11:46 AM

    Yeah lets ask..Tamil Diaspora boot-lickers to sponsor a resolution agisnt their adopted "masters"..because they have committed "EXTRA Large" HR violations! Can we?

    Roshan Sunday, 16 February 2014 12:31 PM

    Idiot....what option would you take..jump along with him?

    sg Sunday, 16 February 2014 01:19 PM

    You idiot wait and see. Oh sorry you are also in the well.

    sg Sunday, 16 February 2014 01:22 PM

    Is US do a crime SL also have to do?


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