By Kostas Onisenko
On July 8, the Russian Foreign Ministry published its annual report “On the human rights situation in individual countries”, which was posted on its website.
The document highlights the “human rights situation” in various countries, including Luxembourg, Denmark, Canada, Finland, Switzerland, and 38 other countries.
It is immediately striking that while reference is made to countries where the economic situation, social conditions, and all indicators are too high, there are no reports in this list of other countries that have very significant human rights problems.
Some of which can even be described as dictatorial regimes. So when the Russian Foreign Ministry dealt with human rights – for example – in Canada or New Zealand, it did not consider it appropriate to write anything about the bloody dictatorship in Myanmar – in the enforcement of which Russia itself participated through military assistance provided.
Furthermore, nothing has been said about China, Venezuela, Syria, Cuba, or the Central African Republic.
And of course, there is no mention of the illegal dictatorial regime of Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus, who after the rigged elections a year ago, managed to stay in power by stifling mass protests in blood.
At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s report on the United States begins with the phrase: “The United States is grossly violating human rights both at home and abroad.”