Russian Foreign Ministry representative criticize Europe over human rights issues

EU states involved in the imprisonment of suspected terrorists at CIA detention facilities are in no hurry to investigate those cases, Russian Foreign Ministry Representative for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov said at the Turin conference on human rights and foreign policy organized by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

His speech was published on the Russian Foreign Ministry Web site.

"Such actions flagrantly violate fundamental international commitments concerning human rights, primarily the categorical ban on torture. EU states are in no hurry to investigate such cases (official inquiries are either stopped without explanation or are not held at all). EU entities do not do that either. They refer to the absence of such competences and say this is an area of national authorities," Dolgov said.

According to the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights' survey of anti-Semitism in EU member countries published in June 2012, the rate of abuse and crimes committed against the Jewish community in EU countries had grown considerably in the past decade, Dolgov said.

Speaking of the Magnitsky Act, Dolgov stressed that Russia had given numerous explanations about the elimination of problems in its correctional system.

"Some of our partners are reflecting on the so-called Magnitsky case. We have given full explanations about measures Russia is taking to solve problems in its correctional system, but our partners do not seem to care. They take no interest in facts. Meanwhile, we may recall certain things done in Europe if we speak about proven evidence," the diplomat said.

The EU obviously does not do enough to fight xenophobia and racism. It frequently does nothing but disapprove of such acts of certain European officials, he said.

"Belgium, Greece, Spain, Poland and Estonia have not informed the European Commission about the execution of the Council Framework Decision of 2008 on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law, although the deadline expired in late 2010," Dolgov said.

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