Russia rejects UK human rights report

UK's Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on June 20 released a comment which rejected the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report 2018 (released June 6, 2019).

The comment noted that the report illustrated UK's application of the outright double standards when assessing the human rights situation in the world. The UK report disregarded sovereignty and the principle of non-interference into the internal affairs of other countries, according to the Russian comment.

The full text are as follows:


Comment by the Information and Press Department on the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s 2019 Human Rights and Democracy Report


June 20, 2019

We have taken note the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s 2019 Human Rights and Democracy Report dealing with the global human rights situation. Just like previous reports, this document features a didactic tone and shows complete disdain for the concept of sovereignty and non-interference in the domestic affairs of states, which is one of the fundamental principles of international law. The choice of focus countries for this “survey” designed to promote human rights worldwide seems even more curious.

In reality, the document’s authors have failed to examine the situation in various regions, and this is the report’s defining feature. The section dealing with Russia is telling. This part of the report essentially consists of anti-Russia clichés that are recycled from one document to the next. London uses these clichés to accuse Russia of showing disdain for human rights and of a democracy “deficit”, thereby also trying to blame Moscow for the human rights situation in neighbouring countries.

It must be noted that the document’s authors have failed to objectively assess the human rights situation in Russia. Clearly, theirs is not a good-faith approach to studying the actual state of affairs.

In effect, this report once again graphically illustrates the outright double standards by which the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office evaluates the global human rights situation, which have to do with whether a specific focus country follows the strategic directives of Western countries.

By telling sovereign states how they should behave, London is trying to conceal its own problems in the area of promoting and protecting human rights, including the growth of racism, the comfortable existence of organisations preaching neo-Nazi and racist ideologies in the UK, discrimination against ethnic minorities in many areas of public life, documented malfeasance and use of torture by law enforcement officers and the activities of a child pornography network. This list is far from exhaustive. In addition, it should be noted that the crimes of British service personnel against the civilian population during the military campaign in Iraq continue to go unpunished.

The UK should be aware of these problems. One can read reports by the independent Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the report by the House of Commons Intelligence and Security Committee about the activities of British secret services, along with many other sources.

As such, we advise London to address its own shortcomings in the area of promoting and protecting human rights.


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