Moscow objects to using human rights theme as pretext for interference

Care about the observance of human rights cannot serve as a pretext for interference in internal affairs of countries, and freedom of speech cannot vindicate the expression of extremist views, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"Care about human rights should serve as a guarantee of an individual's security and development rather than be a pretext for unlawful interference in internal affairs of countries," Lavrov said at the UN General Assembly session in New York on Friday.

Russia is alarmed by "increasingly brazen actions of those who, referring to freedom of speech, connive at glorification of Nazis and their accomplices and so defile the memory of WWII victims and the conquerors of Nazism," he said.

"Let me remind you that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights directly prohibits propaganda of war and the fuelling of ethnic and religious discord. This means that freedom of speech and assembly cannot be used as an excuse for propagating Nazi and other radical and extremist views or for attacking this or that religion in violation of basic principles and norms of international law," he said.

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