High Commissioner meets with United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights

26 April 2017

On April 25, Tatiana Moskalkova, the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, met with the United Nations Special Rapporteur Idriss Jazairy on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the realization of human rights.

During the meeting, the parties discussed the issues of sanctions pressure on Russia, in particular, the High Commissioner paid special attention to the problems of people who are prohibited from entering certain countries. According to Tatiana Moskalkova, this is the violation of the right to freedom of movement.

"First of all, these are those who live in the Republic of Crimea. The complication of the political situation led not only to the violation of the right of citizens to freedom of movement, but also to the separation of families. What is the fault of the inhabitants of Crimea? Why should we punish them for their choice to join Russia?" said the High Commissioner.

In turn, Idriss Jazairy noted that the sanctions against Russia hand negative consequences, first of all, on those who had introduced these sanctions. He also added that he intends to study trends related to the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the realization of human rights. "To date, I have not got a single example demonstrating the negative impact of sanctions on Russia," the UN representative noted.

Idriss Jazairy drew attention to the record low unemployment in Russia. "Russia is successfully adapting to sanctions and making adjustments to its activities, the population is protected by a set of measures," the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights added.

Tatiana Moskalkova, recalling the protest actions against the introduction of anti-Russian sanctions in France and Germany, added that in 2016, the High Commissioner’s office received no complaints directly related to this issue.

"Nevertheless, I see a whole range of problems related to the application of sanctions. They have not only harmed all the involved parties, but also demonstrated the double standards of world politics when sanctions were imposed against Russia, but not against Ukraine, which does not comply with the Minsk agreements. Today it is already possible to speak firmly about the failure of sanctions pressure. I am sure that no sanctions can be a rational substitute for a two-way dialogue," the High Commissioner stressed.

In conclusion, the meeting participants discussed the prospects for the development of bilateral cooperation in the field of human rights and freedoms protection. Tatiana Moskalkova noted that the best solution of the problem is the complete lifting of sanctions, it is necessary to strive for this result.

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