MINSK, 26 July (BelTA) – The CIS expert group on setting up a human rights commission held a meeting on 26 July, BelTA learned from the press service of the CIS Executive Committee.
“Representatives of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and the CIS Executive Committee discussed via video conference the draft regulations on the CIS Human Rights Commission prepared by the Russian side. It uses as models of the commission's functioning the formats already tested on international platforms. One of them is to consider national reports on the implementation of human rights obligations within the CIS,” the press service said.
The participants of the meeting discussed draft decisions of the CIS Heads of State Council and a protocol on amendments to the CIS Convention on Human Rights and Basic Freedoms of 26 May 1995. One of the main goals of these draft documents is to ensure the quickest possible launch of the CIS Human Rights Commission, which will serve to strengthen the authority of the CIS as one of the key international organizations in the post-Soviet space, including in human rights protection, to counteract attempts at politicization of human rights issues.
The participants of the meeting decided to continue joint activities of the CIS countries to ensure human rights and fundamental freedoms and scheduled the next meeting of the expert group for 10 September 2021 in the CIS Executive Committee in Minsk.