BELARUS SUBMITS TO UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY DRAFT RESOLUTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE IN U.S.

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MINSK, November 10 (RIA Novosti's Olesya Luchaninova) - Belarus has submitted to the UN General Assembly a draft resolution on violation of the principles of democracy and human rights in the U.S., RIA Novosti was told in the UN diplomatic mission in Belarus.

By information of the mission's press service, the draft resolution claims that "American authorities are exercising strict control over mass media, are carrying out arbitrary and secret detentions and arrests which do not allow correspondence and communication."

The document notes that "the election system in the United States is not in accord with the obligations on the International Pact on Civil and Political Rights." It notes that the U.S. keeps violating international standards, using death penalty in regard to persons below 18 years old and those with mental diseases.

The Belarussian draft, which, noted the UN mission, has no co-authors, raises the issue about the prisoners who are now kept in custody at a camp at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo.

At the same time, the press service of the UN mission in Belarus said EU countries and Japan submitted to the 59th session of the UN General Assembly a draft resolution which condemns violation of human rights in Belarus. In particular, the EU and Japan suggest expressing concern over the fact that Belarus has not fulfilled its international commitments and has not kept its promises to hold free and just elections.

The document mentions cases of oppression, ungrounded arrests and detentions of mass media representatives, oppositional politicians and participants of peaceful rallies. The Belarussian authorities are accused of criminally persecuting oppositional leaders and human rights advocates, of oppressing and shutting down public organizations.

The two drafts, said the UN mission, will be discussed in the days to come.

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