Putin wants UN Human Rights Council seat but violates human rights

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Russian government that is trying to be reelected in the United Nations’ Human Rights Council does not allow the international humanitarian aid to be delivered to families of Donbas and Luhansk regions that are under the control of pro-Kremlin separatists, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko informed.

“International Red Cross was again denied access to our citizens”, President Poroshenko said. He explained that although Russia promised to permit the International Red Cross for access to eastern Ukraine during the normandy format meetings in Berlin it violated it once again.

Mr. Poroshenko also informed that pro-Russian terrorists from Donbas opened fire at the observers from the OSCE mission in eastern Ukraine.

Russia is not allowing International Red Cross to deliver humanitarian aid to inhabitants of eastern Ukraine occupied by pro-Kremlin terrorists

On Wednesday United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power criticized Russia for not willing to condemn the bombings of Western Aleppo in Syria. Ms. Power reminded that Moscow “has brought to bear in the conflict weapons that even a brutal Syrian regime had never used before.” Moscow demolished the city civilian buildings including hospitals and schools leaving hundreds of children dead under the rubles. US diplomat said that these weapons are designed to target people hidden under ground but not terrorists.

“Congratulations Russia, you’ve stopped for a couple days from using incendiary weapons. Thank you for not using cluster bombs in civilian areas.” Ms. Power said mockingly.

Russian and Syrian government forces appear to have deliberately and systematically targeted hospitals and other medical facilities

Contrary to the earlier declarations Russia also did not provide any humanitarian aid to Syrians in Aleppo. Although the air-raids has been ceased for a week there are still fights on the ground the State Department Spokesman John Kirby admitted.

“Any reduction in the violence… has to be met with a commitment and an actual delivery of humanitarian assistance, which was the purpose in the first place, and that still hasn’t occurred”, Mr. Kirby said.

On Tuesday 87 human rights organizations including Human Rights Watch urged all United Nations member states to question seriously Russia’s candidacy for the Human Rights Council.

Syrian-Russian joint military operations, which began on September 30, 2015, have extensively used internationally banned cluster munitions. They have also increasingly resorted to the use of incendiary weapons, with at least 18 documented attacks on opposition-held areas in Aleppo and Idlib between June 5 and August 10. In June, RT broadcast footage of incendiary weapons – specifically RBK-500 ZAB-2.5SM bombs – being mounted on a Russian Su-34 fighter-ground attack aircraft at a Syrian airbase.

Amnesty International has concluded that Russian and Syrian government forces appear to have deliberately and systematically targeted hospitals and other medical facilities to pave the way for ground forces to advance on northern Aleppo.

“Russia’s actions in Syria stand in clear contrast to its rhetorical commitment to human rights. Member states should particularly consider Russia’s indiscriminate attacks, its substantial weapons deliveries to the Syrian government and its efforts to prevent impartial accountability for serious crimes in Syria.”, the organizations stated.

Concerned citizens of the world filed the protest against Putin’s bid for the seat at the HRC. “All freedom-loving countries need to vote NO to Vladimir Putin as a world judge of human rights”, the authors stated.

“Putin regime tramples human rights. At home they persecute dissidents, journalists, and gays. Abroad they invaded Ukraine, swallowed Crimea, and are pulverizing men, women and children in Aleppo”, they added.

The United Nations General Assembly will select new members for the Human Rights Council in elections to be held tomorrow in New York on October 28.



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