On 23 September, the UN Human Rights Council adopted with consensus a report setting out the outcome of the universal periodic review (UPR) conducted with respect to Belarus at its 15 session in Geneva.
Delegations which intervened while the Council was considering the report highlighted political stability and effective economy together with social progress in Belarus. They also praised Belarus’s efforts in reaching the MDGs, namely in poverty and unemployment reduction, access to education and healthcare.
This progress let Belarus shoot to the top countries by the UN Human Development Index.
Most of the delegations also praised Belarus’ efforts in tackling human trafficking and stressed the leading role that Belarus played in ensuring the adoption of the Global Plan of Action against Human Trafficking by the UN General Assembly in July.
A number of international human rights organizations noted Belarus’ strides in ensuring political stability and creating economic growth, alongside a few critical remarks.
Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN Mikhail Khvostov said that in general the outcome of the UPR of Belarus was positive.
He also indicated that today the UPR is an effective and trustworthy instrument helping assess countries’ performance in human rights.
Mikhail Khvostov informed the Council about what kind of measures the Government is taking to help promote all categories of human rights.