Rachel Denber & Elizabeth Evenson: "For several years, Russia has been undermining international human rights machinery, seeking to weaken UN human rights bodies, block UN scrutiny of human rights situations, and reduce the human rights remit of such regional intergovernmental organizations as the OSCE and the Council of Europe"

posted 22 Nov 2016, 01:03 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 22 Nov 2016, 01:05 ]
"For several years, Russia has been undermining international human rights machinery, seeking to weaken UN human rights bodies, block UN scrutiny of human rights situations, and reduce the human rights remit of such regional intergovernmental organizations as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Council of Europe. But while Russia is staying in these institutions, it has stormed away from the Rome Statute. [...] The consequence is symbolic and historic, of course, because the Kremlin is breaking all ties with the ICC just as the US did in 2002, under the first George W. Bush administration. The ICC has faced political backlash as its cases have increasingly touched on powerful interests opposed to accountability. Russia, as a permanent UN Security Council member, also has an important role when it comes to the referral of situations to the ICC for prosecution. But it has shown its true hand through the exercise of its veto, including to prevent a referral to send crimes in Syria to the court. Most of all, though, it’s yet another opportunity for the Kremlin to assert the primacy of state sovereignty over international institutions and its disregard for international standards."

Rachel Denber, Deputy Director, Europe and Central Asia Division, Human Rights Watch; Elizabeth Evenson, Associate Director, International Justice Program, Human Rights Watch

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Source: 
Rachel Denber, Elizabeth Evenson, 'Moscow Holds International Justice in Contempt. Russia’s Withdrawal of Signature From Rome Statute is a Symbolic Gesture,' Human Rights Watch, 17 November 2016
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