The US government on Tuesday accused Russia of “obstructionism” in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) after blocking a meeting on human rights within the organization.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized that the conference on human rights in the Europe-Eurasia region should have started on Monday in the Polish capital, Warsaw, but that this did not happen because “the Russian government blocked the meeting”.
“We deeply regret this attempt by the Russian government to block surveillance of the deterioration in its human rights situation,” he said, emphasizing that “since the adoption of the Helsinki Act in 1975, the OSCE has recognized respect for human rights” Peace and security.”
He stressed that Washington “is still waiting” for the OSCE to hold this meeting, adding that the United States “will continue to urge Russia to honor its commitments, which include the protection of fundamental freedoms and the citizens can be held accountable. their governments, including through free and fair elections. “
“The United States will not ignore human rights abuses. We will continue to do our best to focus on the entirety of human rights concerns in the OSCE region and will work with allies and partners to uphold the principle of annual reviews, “Civil Society Participation” has settled.