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Belarus calls for abolishing mandate of special rapporteur, Human Rights Council resolution

Politics 12.07.2019 | 19:24

MINSK, 12 July (BelTA) – Belarus' attitude to the resolution of the UN Human Rights Council remains unchanged. The Information and Digital Diplomacy Office of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs made the statement when asked to comment on the adoption of the resolution on the state of human rights in Belarus by the UN Human Rights Council, BelTA has learned.

The source noted: “The content of the resolution and the idea behind the resolution are absurd. Results of the vote tally testify to the hopelessness of the resolution initiated by European Union member states. Of the 47 member states of the council 27 ones voted against (six countries) or abstained from voting (21 countries). However, the inner workings of the Human Rights Council prevent the authors of the resolution from rejecting it easily once the resolution has been accepted.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs underlined that the fact is tantamount to admitting the untenability of the policy of putting pressure on Belarus using the mandate of the special rapporteur the country does not recognize because it views the mandate as an unfair and discriminatory measure.

“The resolution does not match the spirit of current relations between Belarus and the European Union. We are convinced the mandate of the special rapporteur and the resolution should be abolished,” the source concluded.

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