Belarus taking part in the 16th session of the UN Human Rights Council | March 4, 2011

Belarus calls for increasing the role of the UN Human Rights Council in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and urges to condemn application of unilateral coercive measures that impede the full realization of human rights, Permanent Representative of Belarus to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Mikhail Khvostov said when speaking at the 16th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, BelTA learnt from the Foreign Ministry press service.

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs accuses Japan of tolerating extremism | March 4, 2011

Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said it will ban two Japanese nationalist organizations from entering the country after Tokyo refuses to re-open an investigation into last month’s desecration of a Russia flag.

New Armenian Ombudsman elected | March 2, 2011

The National Assembly of Armenia elected a new Armenian Ombudsman, with 83 parliamentarians voting for and 13 against the candidacy of Karen Andreasyan. 97 MPs participated in the voting; 1 bulletin was named invalid.

Libya suspended from UN Human Rights Council | March 2, 2011

The United Nations General Assembly has voted unanimously to suspend Libya’s membership in the U.N. Human Rights Council for gross human rights violations committed during its two-week crackdown on anti-government protester

Kazakhstan applies its candidacy for membership in the HRC | March 2, 2011

Saudabayev put forward Kazakhstan's candidacy for membership in the HRC for 2012-15, the press service of Kazakh Foreign Ministry reports.

OSCE considers Georgian issue | March 1, 2011

The winter session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly discussed the Georgian-Russian relations and situation around the occupied lands. The session involved Georgian delegation along with delegations of 55 countries.

Committee for Shevchenko national prize should make a clarification regarding the famous novel by Vasily Shklyar "Black Crow" | February 28, 2011

Head of the Association of the National-Cultural Societies of Ukraine, People Deputy of Ukraine, Alexander Feldman thinks that assigning the National Prize. Shevchenko in the field of literature to the novel by Vasily Shklyar “Black Crow” is an unfortunate bureaucratic misunderstanding.

Russia will intensify the struggle against extremism | February 28, 2011

Russia's Interior Ministry has to step up efforts to prevent and counter terrorism and extremism, as well as bolster security in public places to implement the tasks set by President Dmitry Medvedev, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said.

Turkey accuses German society of xenophobia | February 28, 2011

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed “xenophobia” in Germany as he urged Turkish workers there to integrate into German society, but without abandoning their own culture, AFP reports.

The Helsinki Association criticises the Armenian authorities for violating human rights | February 28, 2011

The Helsinki Association has published its annual report on human rights in Armenia for the year 2010.