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Will the Human Rights Council defend the rights of ethnic minorities?

posted 9 Feb 2013, 10:59 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 Feb 2013, 01:48 ]
31 January 2013

Centre for Interethnic Cooperation 

A request made by the leaders of ethnic associations of the regions of Russia to the President to include Ashot Airapetyan, the Director of the Centre for Interethnic Cooperation, in the Human Rights Council, has to all intents and purposes, been rejected. Our readers will recall that the Azerbaijani, Armenian, Georgian, Greek, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Jewish, German, Ingush, Polish, Lithuanian, Tajik, Uzbek, Tatar, Chechen national organisations of Moscow, the Moscow region, Kaliningrad, Yaroslavl, Nizhny Novgorod, Smolensk, Samara, Volgograd , Voronezh, Saratov, Orenburg, Sverdlovsk, Irkutsk, Krasnodar and Stavropol regions and the Republic of Karelia had reminded the Russian President that according to the results of the online vote that was held in October Ashot Airapetyan came fourth out of all the candidates, just one percent behind the runner up, and less than half a percent behind the third placed candidate in the nomination for "the protection of society against aggressive nationalism, xenophobia and extremism". The leaders of the ethnic associations had asked that Airapetyan be included in the Committee for the protection of the rights of ethinic minorities. [Read more]