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Russian Duma hearings to discuss human rights Issues of the United States of America…

Now this is an interesting switch of events…

MOSCOW, October 22 (Itar-Tass) —— The State Duma will hold hearings this Monday to discuss human rights problems of the United States.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, the Foreign Ministry’s human rights commissioner Konstantin Dolgov, commissioner for children’s rights Pavel Astakhov and Central Election Commission head Vladimir Churov will participate in the meeting together with deputies and senators. Foreign diplomats, human rights activists from public organizations and representatives from scientific and educational institutions are also invited.

The head of the Duma Committee on International Affairs, Alexei Pushkov, told Itar-Tass that such hearings would be held for the first time in the State Duma’s history. Under discussion will be the observance of human rights in the United States, including the rights of people from Russia, and the compliance of U.S. actions with the international laws and obligations in the American foreign policy. The initiators proceed from the necessity of the establishment of human rights as universal values, the legislator noted. The theme must not be monopolized by only one group of states, he added.

I like this and what with China and India having been doing the same thing, it looks like the world is stepping to a different tune and America has fallen off the bandwagon…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…

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  1. Timmy Genne October 22, 2012

    US human rights abuses are veiled by an information vacuum, said Alexei Pushkov, head of the Russian lower house of parliament’s international committee.

    “The United States violates human rights beyond its borders, in various operations in other states,” Pushkov said on Monday, speaking at a special session on US human rights.

    Pushkov said that “an information vacuum” is created around these violations, giving a distorted picture of the country as “virtually the sole moral authority.”

    Referring to the criticism Russia receives over the lack of press freedom, Pushkov noted that the Reporters Without Borders 2012 survey lowered the US rating by 27 places from the previous year.

    This, the report says, was due to journalists being arrested while covering the Occupy Wall Street protests. The report also lowered Russia’s rating – describing the overall situation regarding media freedom in the country as “gloomy.

  2. admin Post author | October 22, 2012

    MOSCOW, October 22 (Itar-Tass) — Participants in the State Duma debates propose the United States to set an “immediate” moratorium on death penalty.

    The lower house of parliament will prepare corresponding recommendations to this effect. In addition, different proposals are related to the State Duma itself, the Central Election Commission and the Foreign Ministry. However, most proposals regard “higher bodies of the U.S. legislative and executive authority”.

    They are recommended “to recognise the competence of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the Committee Against Torture to receive and consider reports from persons being under the U.S. jurisdiction. Washington should carry out the recommendation of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the Working Group at the U.N. Human Rights Council to create a human rights independent institution in the U.S. that will correspond to the Paris principles”, the document says.

    In addition, the U.S. “should toughen punishment for racism, racial and religious discrimination, Xenophobia and other manifestations. The U.S. also should objectively investigate all cases on secret detainees within its global counter-terrorism campaign, take necessary measures to restore the rights to victims, including the payment of compensations”, the document says.

    Americans should “immediately disband the prison in Guantanamo”, experts say. They also insist American servicemen and personnel of private military enterprise be brought to responsibility for violations of international humanitarian law and international law on human rights”.

    Duma experts also insist a moratorium on death penalty be immediately set. In addition, the U.S. is recommended “to take measures to prevent cruelty to children in American families and investigate any fact in order to bring to responsibility those who are guilty of committing crimes”, experts stressed.

  3. admin Post author | October 22, 2012

    Moscow will stop ignoring human rights violations in the United States, the head of the State Duma international affairs committee said on Monday.

    Russia has spoiled the Americans by keeping silent about (human rights) violations for the past 20 years, Alexei Pushkov told reporters on the sidelines of a parliamentary hearing on human rights in America.

    “Yeltsin tried to make (Bill) Clinton laugh and he just laughed at us,” the Duma official said. “In short, we courted US favor, to gain its approval and they (the Americans) got accustomed to that; now, whenever we mention flagrant human rights violations in the US they are shocked and think we go too far,” Pushkov said.

    The United States should honor human rights itself before trying to lecture other countries on these principles, he added.

    He then slammed the US authorities’ criticism over Russia’s ‘shortage of media freedom.’

    When the US was attempting to justify the war in Iraq, “the entire US media claimed the country had nuclear weapons,” he recalled, a claim that turned out to be blatantly false. Today, a similar situation is unraveling with regard to Syria as “the Americans are taking an absolutely one-sided position and their media acts as if it were an ideological arm of US” foreign policy.

    The head of the Duma International Affairs Committee then pointed to events in Libya, where rebels ousted former Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi. The US media alleged Gaddafi was guilty of murdering 6,000 Libyan citizens, he said, “but the bodies were never found and the theme was forgotten.”

    “The single voice of the US media is startling,” he continued. “It shows that the media simply serves the policy of the national authorities.”

    Commenting briefly on the presidential race in the United States, Pushkov said that in the event that the Republican challenger Mitt Romney defeated the incumbent Barack Obama, there would be an “obvious regress” for the American people.

    Robert Bridge, RT

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