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22 June 2022, 18:16

Belarus' MFA: The collective West has learned how to exploit categories of human rights

The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. An archive photo
The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. An archive photo

MINSK, 22 June (BelTA) – The collective West has learned how to profitably manipulate categories of human rights. Head of the Central Office of Multilateral Diplomacy of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Irina Velichko made the statement in her speech at a special event on modern forms and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination and associated xenophobia in Europe with a focus on victimization and glorification of Nazi accomplices. The online event was organized by Belarus and Russia on the sidelines of the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council, BelTA has learned.

Irina Velichko said the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had prepared a report "The most outrageous cases of human rights violations in certain countries 2022" and will soon publish it.

Irina Velichko said: “The UN Charter proclaims the need to respect human rights and basic freedoms of everyone regardless of their race, sex, language, and religion. However, practice demonstrates that with the passage of time human rights stopped relying on principles of indivisibility and lack of hierarchy. The collective West has learned how to profitably manipulate categories of human rights and pay attention only to those that serve their political ambitions.”

In her opinion, unequal and discriminatory relations in the society, which are cultivated by propaganda and the ideology of false supremacy on the basis of race or nationality, are vivid manifestations of human rights violations.

“In order to counteract these negative manifestations, states have passed the International Bill of Human Rights, which includes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Along with other international agreements on human rights protection such as the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination these documents represent the basic mechanisms of protection against the propagation of discrimination in the world,” Irina Velichko noted.

She pointed out that at the same time problems of racism, particularly ethnic racism, xenophobia, and chauvinism based on discrimination on ethnic grounds still exist and evolve.

“It is remarkable that the European Union positions itself as a society with zero tolerance of discrimination. Yet it turns a blind eye towards existing manifestations of racial superiority and nationalism in individual European Union countries,” the Belarusian diplomat noted.

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