After dozens of ambassadors and diplomats from more than 50 countries stood up from their chairs and walked out of the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov began a virtual address that was a testament to the hypocricy of U.S. forces and fickle NATO relationship. The speech has been tucked away from archives and (of course) heavily censored by mainstream media news.
Lavrov’s amazing speech explains how the Washington-led “collective West” (US), NATO and the EU have been fundemental in assisting Kiev, Ukraine a neo-Nazi studded State and Ukrainian authorites who have been systematically violating human rights and the rights of ethnic minorities for more than 8 years. The atrocities that have been practiced on the citizens of Ukraine are only a few of the unthinkable and have been recorded on the website of “Permanent Mission in Genova” which he urges people to see. You will find the full speech below along with links to the website:
UN Staged Walk out on Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speech
Odessa City Hall Fire May 2, 2014
Ladies and Gentleman, I hoped to be able to attend the Human Rights Council in person after a two year break. However, I have been forced to address you via videoconference.
The reason for this lies in the outrageous measures taken by the European Union which has refused to respect one of the fundamental human rights – the right to freedom of movement. Members of the European Union chose the path of unilateral illegitimate sanctions and used them to avoid having to engage in direct honest dialogue, face to face, this is something that they are clearly afraid of.
The situation around the world is becoming increasingly complex. It is deteriorating right in front of our eyes. This is because the United States and its allies persist with their aggressive efforts to impose the so-called “rules-based order” on other members of the international community.
How has this “order” affected human rights?
Ukraine is a telling example in this regard. It is the policy of the Washington-led “collective West” which is to blame for the fact that the Kiev regime has been at war with its own people since 2014. It has been at war with everyone who does not agree with the neo-Nazi “Maidan values,” with the criminal policy of the Ukrainian authorities, which have been systematically violating human rights and the rights of ethnic minorities, as well as the commitments Kiev has within the UN and the OSCE, and even the Constitution of their own country.
The radical nationalists and neo-Nazis who seized power in Kiev following a government coup and supported by the West, unleashed terror on the country. The very recollection of the tragedy in Odessa, on May 2,2014 makes us shiver.
Peaceful demonstrators were burnt alive in the trade union building.
We know the criminals who perpetrated this horrendous act, In fact, they posed for cameras but have yet to be punished.
The mass graves discovered in Donbass serve as irrefutable evidence of the criminal consequences from the massive shelling of civilian infrastructure. Forensics experts identified most victims as women and elderly people.
Our Western colleagues have been ignoring the multiple facts relating to these outrageous violations of the most basic of human rights, the right to life.
The attempts to draw the HRC’S attention to the violence and atrocities perpetrated over the past 8 years have been met with indifference.
For all these years, the Ukrainian regime has been carrying out an aggressive policy to get rid of everything Russian and promote forced assimilation. People who identify as Russian and would like to preserve their identity, language and culture are told in all clarity that they are not welcome in Ukraine.
Vladimir Zelensky referred to them as “species” and suggested that they go to Russia. He initiated a law on indigenous people where there was no place for Russians who have been living on these lands for centuries.
This is quite reminiscent of the laws Nazi Germany used to have.
The Russian language is being purged from schools and universities, from the public space and even from everyday life. Quite frequently people who speak their native language can pay for it not only with the loss of their jobs and health, but with their lives.
Just imagine Ireland banning the English language, or Belgium the French language, or Italy the German language?
This is unthinkable.
Not only did the West fail to reject the frontal attack which has been launched against the Russian language in Ukraine, but some even encouraged it. Any sign of dissent leads to harsh consequences.
“Cleansing” the government of objectionable and disloyal employees has become a routine process, the rmain tool of which is the law on lustration adopted by the Verkhovna Rada.
There are many other legislative acts enabling the regime’s security forces to harshly suppress dissent and persecute the opposition.
The authorities impose bans on TV channels and other media and carry out reprisals against their own citizens, including members of parliament. Isn’t this a violation of the freedom of speech and the right to express one’s opinion? Lies about the Second World War are being shamelessly inculcated.
Hitler’s local henchmen are proclaimed heroes and actual anti-fascist heroes are forgotten. Monuments to those who defeated Nazism are being demolished. War criminals who fought in the ranks of the Third Reich are being glorified. The most recent step came in the form of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine sending a draft law about Ukraine’s withdrawal from the CIS Agreement on Perpetuating the memory of the courage and heroism of the peoples in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War to the Verkhovna Rada on February 23.
And so it was utterly blasphemous for Vladimir Zelensky to declare on the very same day that he honors the memory of his grandfather who fought in the Red Army to liberate the Soviet Union and Europe from Nazism.
The Kiev regime even violated something as sensitive and personal as people’s spirituality. Religious discrimination is on the rise.
The former authorities headed by President Poroshenko with the support of Washington, effected a church schism and created what is now known as the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Laws have been adopted against the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. It’s churches are being seized and millions of it’s parishioners and clergy are being persecuted.
What is this other than a violation of religious freedom?
These large scale systematic attacks on rights and freedoms, as well as the consistent effort to inculcate neo-Nazism are being carried out with the express consent of the United States, Canada and the EU who arrogantly proclaim themselves exemplars of democracy. They have also brought unceremonious pressure to bear on international human rights mechanisms of the UN, the Council of Europe and the OSCE which were unable to muster the courage to respond accordingly to the egregious lawlessness in Ukraine during all these years.
The West began to turn a blind eye to what was happening back in February 2014 when the radicals carried out an unconstitional coup and tore up the agreement backed by EU guarantees with then President of Ukraine. The Putschists who came to power declared their intention of seeking alliance with the West and immediately launched an offensive against the Russian language and resolved to expel everything that is Russian from Crimea and sent gunmen there. The eastern regions of Ukraine that opposed the coup were accused of terrorism, although they had not attacked anyone.
On the contrary, punitive battalions were used against them, their cities were bombed from the air and fired at from artillery and multiple launch rocket systems. They destr4oyed civilian sites, schools and hospitals, they killed civilians. An inhumane economic transport and food blockade was imposed on Donbass.
The Kiev regime got away with all of that.
International organizations at best were limited to impotently calling on “both sides”. Clearly in these circumstances the people of Crimea and Donbass simply had no other choice. In March 2014, the vast majority of Crimeans acting entirely in accordance with international law, supported the peninsula becoming part of Russia.
Exercising the right of peoples to self-determination that is enshrined in the UN Charter allowed them to defend their right to life and to freely use their native language, their traditions, their history and culture. Kiev retaliateed by blocking the North Crimean Canal which is the main source of fresh water for Crimeans.
Again, no one said a word in response, despite the five international conventions that enshrine the right to safe drinking water.
With regard to the residents of Donbass, after an agreement was reached in February 2015 on the UNSC-approved Minsk Package of Measures, they hoped that their voice would be heard and justice would prevail. They hoped that Kiev would start a dialogue with it’s citizens in Donetsk and Lugansk and begin to act on other obligations under the Minsk agreements, which however, it has openly sabotaged with the direct support of the West while continuing it’s armed provocations.
Recently, the Ukrainian regime’s criminal actions went into overdrive.
As a result, since mid-February alone more than 100,000 refugees from Donbass have found shelter in Russia. We have collected a massive base of evidence of flagrant mass violations of human rights committed by the Kiev authorities:
The website of the Permanent Mission of Russia in Geneva posted an online exhibition of documents and photographs exposing the atrocities of the Ukrainian military and neo-Nazi “volunteer” battalions.
CLICK IMAGE TO GO TO WEBSITE (note: you must wait for some time before it loads)
I urge everyone who cares about human rights to visit this exhibition in order to find out the truth that the Kiev regime, it’s sponsors and most of the Western media are doing their best to conceal.
In the face of gross violation of the rights of Russian and Russian speaking citizens of Ukraine, an eight year war against them that bears every sign of genocide.
The stubborn refusal of the West to get the Ukrainian authorities to fall in line and the absence of any response from UN human rights bodies, the OSCE or the Council of Europe, Russia could not remain indifferent to the fate of Donbass and it’s 4 million people.
President Putin resolved to recognise the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics and at the urging of the leaders of the DPR and LPR, to launch a special military operation to protect their residents in accordance with the treaties of friendship and mutual assistance with these republics.
The goal of our actions is to save lives by fulfilling our allied obligations, as well as to demilitarise and denazify Ukraine so that this never happens again. This is particularily relevant as that country continues to be drawn into NATO and the current regime – which has openly made territorial claims against the Russian Federation, threatened to use force and to obtain military nuclear capabilities – is flooded with attack weapons.
With regard to the recently launched campaign about the alleged violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity whose mastermind’s show total indifference and contempt for the violation of human rights, I would like to draw attention to the 1970 Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Cooperation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.
This document was adopted by unanimous resolution of the UN General Assembly and states that the principle of respect for territorial integrity is applicable to states that observe in their actions the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples and as a result, “possessed of a government representing the whole people belonging to the territory without distinction as to race, creed or color”. Clearly, the neo-Nazi government in Kiev continues to fail to meet that definition with regard to the peoples of Ukraine.
The United States and it’s allies, which are directly responsible for numerous violations of human rights and international humanitarian law and are guilty of crimes that killed hundreds of thousands of people in Yugolsavia, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan once again apply double standards.
The current Kiev regime is a vivid example of the fact that when you are a loyal vassal of the hegemon and participate with particular zeal in serving his policy of containing Russia, you can do anything you like. You can trample upon human rights and freedoms, kill people, and cultivate neo-Nazi traditions and practices. In exchange for your absolute fealty and obedience, the “civilized” West will turn a blind eye to everything. Moreover, the other day, the European Union, in a fit of Russophobic frenzy, decided to supply lethal weapons to Kiev. For us, the life of every Russian and Ukrainian, every resident of Donetsk and Lugansk, is as valuable as the life of a European or an American.
As President Vladimir Putin repeatedly stated, we have invariably been respectful of the Ukrainian people, their language and traditions. We have no intention of encroaching in any way on the interests of the citizens of Ukraine, with whom we are bound not only by a common history as well as civilisational, spiritual and cultural affinity, but also by bonds of blood and kinship.
Today, Russia is home to millions of people who were born in Ukraine. We consider them one of us. Together we always have been, and always will be so much stronger and more successful than apart. The main thing is to stop the time servers who have illegally seized power from betraying the core interests of the Ukrainian people by pursuing the policy, favored by the West, of turning their country into an “anti-Russia”, a policy that has become their raison d’etre.
The true hysteria we are witnessing in NATO and the EU is further confirmation that creating an “anti-Russia” has been the goal of the United States and all the allies that Washington lined up behind it.
I would like to conclude my remarks by reminding you that human rights are a universal constant. They cannot be dependent on the self-serving ambitions of a narrow “select circle” seeking to rewrite the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, distort it to their liking and replace the current consensus underlying all our work with their “rules”. The role of the UN Human Rights Council is to ensure adherence to our common values, not someone else’s narrow values to promote mutually respectful discussion without any politicisation or double standards and not to allow the human rights agenda to be used to interfere in internal matters.
We should be guided only by this approach as we strive to achieve justice on all issues affecting people’s vital interests be it the institution of statelessness, which brings disgrace on Europe, the rising Nazi revival movement or the West’s obsession with unlawful unilateral sanctions whose impact on ordinary people no one tries to hide. These illegal restrictions are no longer confined to financial and economic prohibitions. They are being extended to culture, sports, tourism, education, information and generally all contacts between people.
The West has clearly lost control of itself and, in an attempt to take it out on Russia, has taken to destroying all the institutions and rules it has itself created, including the inviolability of property. The West’s arrogant philosophy based on a sense of it’s own superiority, exceptionalism and licence must come to an end. The sovereign equally applies to the UNHRC’s work. Russia has always been open to equitable and mutually respectful discussions of all matters and is ready to seek a fair balance of interests.