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Russia hopes the United Nations Commission on Human Rights will adopt a decision to ensure human rights in the Baltic states
Russia hopes the United Nations Commission on Human Rights will adopt a decision to ensure human rights in the Baltic states, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Yury Fedotov told Russian reporters on Monday. "Russia intends to use the platform of the session of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, which opened today, to raise the issue of ensuring basic human rights in the Baltic countries, in particular Latvia and Estonia, where a total of 500,000 Russian speakers have no citizenship and face serious problems related to school education, suffer from discrimination and other kinds of injustice," the foreign ministry's information and press department quoted Mr. Fedotov as saying. Mr. Fedotov said those issues would be central at some meetings of the commission's session. "Our concerns will be hopefully heeded and relevant decisions adopted. This issue is of fundamental importance to us," said the deputy minister. "The inadmissibility of venerating former military criminals, restoring Nazi symbols, and holding meetings to commemorate former SS fighters is also a matter of principle to us," emphasized Mr. Fedotov. "Last year, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights adopted a relevant resolution. We hope this year's session will also bring forth a decision that will allow us to move on in this direction and prevent the revival of Nazism," said Mr. Fedotov.
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