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Czech Republic replaces Russia at UN Human Rights Council to defend media freedom

Since the Fiara administration took office in late 2021, it has endeavored to regain the values ​​advocated by the late Czech President Vaclav Havel. It emphasized the need to prioritize human rights over economic interests, and support for Ukraine was unwavering and generous. Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský said he was very pleased with the outcome of the election. This will allow the country to do more in the field of human rights.

“This is a great opportunity for us and I think it is symbolic that the UN Human Rights Council is trying to replace Russia. A country that has committed a heinous crime on the territory of Ukraine. I at the council. Our position will enable us to further advance our human rights policy priorities. “

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The Czech Republic was the only candidate vacant by Russia when the General Assembly resolved to suspend the country on the grounds of “serious and systematic violations of human rights and human rights violations in Ukraine”. A special session will be held in Ukraine this Thursday after Kib calls for a review of human rights conditions, including reports of mass casualties in Mariupol and other cities.

The UN Human Rights Council cannot make legally binding decisions, but its voice has political weight and can approve the investigation. The Czech Republic has declared that it is ready to support appropriate and timely response and pursue accountability whenever human rights abuses or abuses occur. Foreign Minister Lipavsky said the Czech Republic would present some of its priorities and emphasized the need to support both national and thematic issues.

“Our long-term activities at the UN Security Council have been strongly focused on media freedom. Due to the situation in Russia and Belarus, journalists are often the first victims of persecution in the authoritarian regime. With that in mind, we are working on a variety of activities to support free press. “

The United Nations Human Rights Council is made up of 47 members who seek to promote and protect human rights around the world. They are elected for a three-year term and new groups of members are announced each year.

The Czech Republic was one of the first members of the council when it was founded in 2006, and subsequently served two three-year terms, 2019-2021 and 2012-2014.

https://english.radio.cz/czech-republic-champion-media-freedom-it-replaces-russia-un-human-rights-council-8750149 Czech Republic replaces Russia at UN Human Rights Council to defend media freedom

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