14 February 2018 M. Gennady Gatilov, the new Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Michael Møller, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. Prior to...Read More

EU Requests WTO Consultations With Russia On Compliance With Pig Products Ruling

In its request for consultations under Article 21.5 of the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU), the EU said the challenged measures are inconsistent with various provisions under the WTO’s Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures...Read More

Russia Initiates WTO Compliance Proceedings Over Pig Products Import Restrictions

In its request for consultations under Article 21.5 of the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU), Russia identifies several actions that it has taken to remove the WTO-inconsistent measures, including resuming the import of pig products fr...Read More

EU Request For Retaliation Against Russia In Pig Products Dispute Referred To Arbitration

DS475: Russian Federation — Measures on the Importation of Live Pigs, Pork and Other Pig Products from the European Union At the meeting, the EU said it had requested the suspension of concessions to preserve its rights in these dispute set...Read More

Russian Journalism Community And Academia Engage In UNESCO’s Project To Develop Internet Universality Indicators

news_011117_russia.jpg UNESCO consultation event on Internet indicators held during the annual European Journalism Training Association (EJTA) conference, 19 October 2017 in Moscow, Russia. © Igor Anisimov 01 November 2017 While the emergin...Read More

The Continuing Utility of International Human Rights Mechanisms?

Can a convincing case still be made that the pursuit of international human rights mechanisms leads to efficacious results? The challenges to, and criticisms of, human rights systems in recent years are legion. Their legitimacy has been que...Read More


27 October 2017 GENEVA, 27 October 2017 (Issued as received) – The situation of at least 350,000 besieged civilians in Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus, is an outrage, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein ...Read More

Europe rights court: Russia opposition leader's conviction arbitrary

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that the conviction of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny for fraud and money laundering was arbitrary and unfair, and granted damages. The...Read More

Trump May Yet Dump NAFTA

There is still a strong likelihood that US President Donald Trump will withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). That’s the view of Robert Zoellick, a former US trade representative, who spoke at the A...Read More

UNESCO And The State Hermitage Museum Join Forces To Protect Heritage In Conflict Areas

dg-mou-hermitage-russia.jpg © UNESCO On 9 October, Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Prof. Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovskiy, General Director of the State Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation), signed a Memo...Read More

Saint Petersburg And Sydney Selected As International Jazz Day Global Host Cities

09 October 2017 UNESCO is pleased to announce the International Jazz Day Global Host Cities for the next two years will be Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, in 2018 and Sydney, Australia, in 2019.  International Jazz Day is celebrated a...Read More

Canada lawmakers approve bill banning visas for rights abusers

[JURIST] Canada’s House of Commons [official website] on Wednesday passed bill S-226 [text], the “Magnitsky Act,” which would allow for the Canadian government to take “restrictive measures in respect of foreign nationals responsible for gr...Read More

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