MINSK, 23 February (BelTA) – In a number of cases approaches to human rights continue causing a split in the international community instead of uniting it, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said as he addressed the 46th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 23 February, BelTA has learned.
Vladimir Makei noted that the fundamental and internationally recognized UN documents in the field of human rights protection and promotion call on nations to strive to expand international cooperation and dialogue based on mutual respect and understanding.
“Unfortunately, the reality is that sometimes approaches to human rights do not only fail to consolidate the international community, but continue to divide it. Human rights have become a favorite pretext for so-called mature democracies to arbitrarily accuse those states that honor their human rights commitments strictly following international treaties, not their biased interpretation,” the minister stressed.
In his opinion, this is done to politically discredit the authorities in the states that do not fit the Western world-view, and to remove them at any cost.
“I mean what I say because the game of economic sanctions that Western countries actively use to put pressure on other sovereign states runs afoul of the commitment to promote and defend human rights,” the Belarusian diplomat said.
He noted that such a tactics is a flagrant violation of the Declaration on Principles of International Law of 1970. In line with this document, no state may use or encourage the use of economic, political or any other type of measures to coerce another state in order to obtain from it the subordination of the exercise of its sovereign rights and to secure from it advantages of any kind.
“We must remember that universal human rights should not be interpreted unilaterally. Each state makes every effort to achieve international standards taking into account their national context and real capabilities. Dialogue and mutual understanding, not far-fetched accusations and threats are needed to assess the progress made by a state,” the foreign minister stressed.