Russia criticizes U.S. stance on military courts, tribunals

The Russian Foreign Ministry is deeply disappointed by the decision of the United States to vote against the Russian-proposed draft resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) titled "Judicial System Integrity" and points to Washington's active attempts to hinder the passage of the document.

The Russian Foreign Ministry is deeply disappointed by the decision of the United States to vote against the Russian-proposed draft resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) titled "Judicial System Integrity" and points to Washington's active attempts to hinder the passage of the document.

"At its 25th session on March 27 the UN Human Rights Council passed the Judicial System Integrity resolution submitted by the Russian Federation on behalf of over twenty co-authors. As a result of the voting held at the request of the U.S. delegation, the document was backed by 27 nations, with 19 abstaining, including the European Union, and only the U.S. voted against it," the ministry said in a statement posted on its website.

"We were deeply disappointed by the position of the U.S. which not only was alone in voting against our draft but was actively preventing its passage," the ministry said.

The resolution calls on the countries, which have military courts or criminal tribunals, to ensure that these institutions are an integral part of the national judicial system and apply the principles of court proceedings enshrined at the international level as guarantees of a fair trial.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has been instructed to conduct expert consultations with the member states, HRC special mechanisms, treaty bodies and nongovernmental organizations on the question of the role of the integral judicial system in the cause of fighting against human rights violations, the statement said.

"We are convinced that with some political will Washington would have been able to find many useful things for itself in the resolution, primarily, to renounce the extraordinary justice system that allows suspects to be held for years without charges in Guantanamo prison where they are subject to torture and cruel treatment," Moscow said.

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