Rights Group urges New Administration to End Mixed Messages on Human Rights Promotion in Russia
Consistent promotion of human rights must be an integral part of the United States bilateral relationship with Russia, asserts Human Rights First in a new Blueprint on promoting human rights in Russia for the incoming Obama administration, issued today. The United States must avoid the temptation of striking ad-hoc bilateral agreements on strategic issues while setting aside more contentious issues like human rights.
Despite resistance from the Russian government, the U.S. government cannot afford to give up on human rights promotion, the blueprint, How to Promote Human Rights in Russia, asserts. An increasingly authoritarian Russia risks spreading instability throughout the world and cannot be a reliable strategic partner. It also casts a shadow on human rights promotion among its neighbors. While the United States clearly has a vested interest in a continued relationship with Russia, the quality of that relationship is affected to a significant degree by human rights conditions inside Russia.