Comment by the Information and Press Department on the opening of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 37th session

Monday, 26 February 2018 12:35

On February 26, the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) opened in Geneva.

The programme of the session includes a high-level segment to be attended by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

At Russia’s initiative, a high-level discussion will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 25th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. There will be subject-specific discussions on the monitoring of human rights across all aspects of the United Nations’ work, protection of the disabled and children, encouraging tolerance in the context of racial discrimination, as well as children’s rights in Syria.

The participants will review a wide range of human rights situations, including the protection of human rights while combating terrorism, prevention of torture, freedom of faith, social responsibility of businesses, ensuring cultural rights, access to proper housing and sufficient food, as well as  pollution of the environment.

The Russian delegation will introduce a renewed draft resolution, Integrity of the Judicial System, aimed at strengthening international guarantees of fair and impartial justice for all.

The participants will also review a number of country reports and, particularly, discuss the human rights situations in Syria and Ukraine.

On the margins of the session, in association with Russian non-profit organisations, events will be held to address the issue of combating the glorification of Nazism and Ukrainian nationalism. A photo exhibition will open entitled “When wings are more important. Overcoming stereotypes.” The exhibition will introduce visitors to Russia’s experience in including people with disabilities in cultural events and sports.

The Russian delegation will promote a course for advancing the constructive dialogue and search for mutually acceptable solutions to topical issues on the international human rights agenda, prevention of the politicisation of matters concerning human rights and the use of the human rights issues as a political leverage.

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