Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus
list of acronyms of international human rights instruments
Internaonal Covenant on Civil and Polical RightsICERD
Internaonal Convenon on the Eliminaon of All Forms of Racial DiscriminaonICESR
Internaonal Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Convenon on the eliminaon of all forms of discriminaon against women
Convenon against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatmentor Punishment
Convenon on the Rights of the Child
historically being the area of relaons betweenthe society and the government, an element of a purelyinternal policies, have started to play a role of a tool forforeign polics in the modern world. The relaonshipbetween states on human rights issues abandon the principleof equality of partners, pursuing various paths of development with one common objecve being theprosperity of their cizens, while becoming associated withdiktat, pressure and imposion of their «solely accurateopinion». Cricisms in the area of human rights rst andforemost target developing countries.
The idea behind this report is to draw aenon to theviolaon of human rights violaons in those countries thattradionally represent themselves as «developeddemocracies», to illustrate by concrete facts their failure tocomply with internaonal legal obligaons and, no lessimportantly, spotlight the vicms that are tradionally given ablind eye by violang states as well as by internaonalorganizaons operang in the area of human rights.
Ignoring problems leads to impunity and as is substanatedby this report to the deterioraon of the human rights record.This serves as a tesmony that human rights are not aboutelites or retrogrades, mentors or pupils.
The report by Belarus’ Foreign Ministry is based upon theinformaon from the Belarusian diplomac missions, themedia as well as other reliable open sources. We did not seekto provide a complete picture of the situaon of human rightsin the countries in queson, but rather we have tried to drawaenon to the most resonant human rights violaons in2012.