Russia hits out at human rights policy of US

As US Congress continues to debate the imposition of new sanctions on Russia for human rights abuses, the Russian Foreign Ministry has fired back today that the US is holding themselves to a different standard, committing many of the same violations they lash other nations for.

The statement in particular noted that the Obama Administration has still failed to close the extra-judicial detention center at Guantanamo Bay, the detention of prisoners without charges and without any access to the legal system.

The statement went on to criticize the US government for extraordinary rendition, which it termed “sanctioned kidnappings,” as well as the torture of detainees. The report was delivered to the lower house of Russia’s parliament.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov condemned what the report described as the often harsh conditions in American prisons, the use of the death penalty and the mistreatment of adopted children in American families.

"Washington's attempts to become the world's tutor on democracy are baseless," Rybakov said during a hearing by the Duma International Affairs Committee on the human rights situation in the U.S.

The report, which was presented Monday without actually being released, is the second such paper authored by the Foreign Ministry on human rights abroad and comes in the run-up to a U.S. presidential election that could have an impact on the United States' relationship with Russia.

The first edition of the report was released in December and was seen by foreign relations experts as a response to a similar document published by the U.S. State Department that is often critical of Russia.

"Russian civil society has woken up now and no longer needs prompters," Ryabkov said, using the word for a person in a theater performance who supplies actors with forgotten lines.





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