Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Urgent Debate on Belarus during the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council
On September 18, at the insistence of a group of Western states, an Urgent Debate of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on the situation in Belarus took place in Geneva.
Having grossly violated every procedural norm and rule, President of the Human Rights Council Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger (Austria) showed a video message from former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. We strongly condemn such actions, which are incompatible with the neutral status of the UN collective bodies’ presidency.
We regret to note that a group of countries led by the European Union has imposed another one-sided and politicised discussion on the HRC, a discussion with goals far removed from any real concern for human rights. It is also gross interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state incompatible with the principles of international law and the provisions of the UN Charter.
We view the debates themselves as well as the resulting biased draft resolution as an unacceptable attempt to influence the results of the elections in Belarus and their assessment in the international community through crude political pressure. It is our belief that neither the UN Human Rights Council, nor any specific countries or groups have the right or authority to evaluate electoral processes in the UN member states.
We feel compelled to note that Western states have again tried to use the HRC in order to delegitimise the government in a particular country. Such actions undermine the reputation of the UN human rights dimension.
We believe that the HRC resolution pushed through by Western countries, contrary to the principles and norms of international law, is legally null and void.