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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWS

06.08.2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the review by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Participants in the 93rd session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) held in Geneva on August 3-4 reviewed the combined 23rd and 24th periodic reports of the Russian Federation on the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The Russian delegation was led by Head of the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs (FAEA) Igor Barinov and included representatives of the FAEA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Labour, Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, Prosecutor General’s Office and the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.

They had an open and detailed discussion with the Committee’s experts on a broad range of issues related to the implementation of the Convention on the entire territory of the Russian Federation.

The Russian delegation presented detailed information on measures taken by the bodies of legislative, executive and judicial authority to counter any forms and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, dissemination of the ideology of Nazism, and hate speech. It also told the Committee members about law enforcement practices in combatting extremist activities and organising professional training of personnel for law enforcement bodies, including the Prosecutor General’s Office and courts, on countering racism and preventing racial profiling.

The Committee members were informed in detail about the efforts of the Russian authorities to ensure ethnic peace and accord, preserve and promote the languages, culture and traditions of peoples and ethnic groups living in Russia. Special attention was paid to support for indigenous minorities, Gypsies and guest workers. The Russian delegation described the Government’s measures to ensure security and prevent racial intolerance and other manifestations of extremism during the preparations for and conduct of major international competitions in Russia, including the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

In accordance with the established practice, before the end of its current session the Committee will draft recommendations on Russia’s compliance with the Convention.

The Russian Federation considers its cooperation with the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and other international human rights monitoring mechanisms as an important component in the development of international cooperation in the promotion and protection of human rights.  

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LATEST EVENTS

18.08.2017 - 72 UNGA: The UN must adopt new rules of behaviour in the information space

The efforts aimed at ensuring international information security with the UN playing the key role, should be focused on the prevention of conflicts in the information space caused by the use of ICTs as a tool to interference in domestic affairs as well as by terrorists and for other illegal purposes. They should also focus on the development and adoption of universal rules of responsible behaviour of States regarding in the sphere of ICTs.


18.08.2017 - Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, August 17, 2017

We are pleased to note the positive trends in the way the military and political situation in Syria is developing, the way the ceasefire regime is being strengthened and the de-escalation zones are beginning to function: in the southwest of the country, in Eastern Ghouta and in the north of Homs province.


17.08.2017 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a joint press conference following talks with Foreign Minister of Bolivia Fernando Huanacuni Mamani, Moscow, August 16, 2017

We discussed the state of our bilateral relations. We have a rich and multifaceted agenda. We noted the very good dynamics of the political dialogue, and the successful implementation of the agreements reached last year during the visit to Russia of Mr Mamani’s predecessor as foreign minister of Bolivia. Everything that the presidents discussed, and everything we agreed upon between our respective foreign, economic, and social ministries, as well as our companies, is being implemented at a fairly steady pace.


17.08.2017 - 72 UNGA: Human rights must be protected but not used a pretext to intervene in domestic affairs

The primary responsibility for the protection and promotion of human rights lies with the States, while the UN executive structures should play a supporting role. The key principle in this field is to ensure equal cooperation between States based on the primacy of international law, respect for sovereignty and sovereign equality of States.


16.08.2017 - 72 UNGA: Afghanistan is a matter of primary concern

Russia supports efforts of the Government of Afghanistan to advance national reconciliation and dialogue with the armed opposition. We are deeply concerned over the rise of ISIS in the north of Afghanistan and over the risk of spread of terrorist activity to the Central Asia. We believe that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) as well as enhanced regional cooperation will play a crucial role in the stabilization process. Moscow supports the work of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) which serves as the main coordinator of international civilian efforts in Afghanistan.


15.08.2017 - Embassy responds to Russian media question

Question: It looks like British media continue their policy of writing/saying either harsh criticism of Russia or nothing at all. And this in summer time, when journos like Ed Lucas, Luke Harding, Con Coughlin and Roger Boyes, who specialize in Russia-bashing, are away on holiday. At the same time it seems that the same attitude takes shape towards America, if we take Gideon Rachman’s article in today’s FT as example. What is your view of that?


15.08.2017 - 72 UNGA: We must help relaunch Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

There is a need to relaunch direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on the Middle East settlement. We call on both sides to abstain from unilateral steps which undermine the chances of the two-State solution. Russia continues to contribute to the settlement both through bilateral channels and in the format of the Quartet of international mediators.


15.08.2017 - Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with Qadri Jamil, a leader of the Syrian opposition Popular Front for Change and Liberation and head of the Syrian opposition’s Moscow platform

On August 14, Russian Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov received Qadri Jamil, a leader of the Syrian opposition Popular Front for Change and Liberation and head of the Syrian opposition’s Moscow platform.


15.08.2017 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on terrorist attack in Ouagadougou

On August 13, a group of armed individuals attacked visitors of a café in the centre of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. According to local authorities, 17 people were killed and about ten wounded to varying degrees as a result of the terrorist attack.


14.08.2017 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Haftar

On August 14, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a meeting at the Foreign Ministry with Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Haftar, who is paying a working visit to Moscow.



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