Those lecturing Belarus about respect for human rights should clean their own house first.
This statement was made by Dzmitry Mironchyk, a spokesman for the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at a briefing in Minsk on February 27, BelaPAN news agency reports.
“When preparing the report 'The Most Resonant Human Rights Violations in Certain Countries 2013', the MFA didn't have a goal of getting feedback or a response,” he said.
Mironchyk noted it was the second annual report by the ministry.
“Our goal was to show that those, who have been lecturing Belarus for many years about how to observe human rights, should clean their own house first,” the MFA spokesman said. “No one contests the facts mentioned in the report and tries to accuse us of bias.”
It's worth noting that 11 political prisoners are still held in Belarusian jails.