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U.N. Official Calls for Russian Government to Improve Its Human Rights Record

February 22, 2011

During her five-day visit to Russia, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday challenged the Russian government to do more to improve the country's record on human rights, Reuters reports. "Weighing into a controversial debate in Russia, Pillay also said she asked the Ministry of Health to not withhold treatment, such as the heroin substitute methadone, from addicts amid a worsening HIV/AIDS crisis in Russia," the news service adds. "Unlike most countries, Russia refuses to finance harm reduction programs such as needle exchanges, or to legalize methadone, evoking condemnation from global health bodies," according to the article (Ferris-Rotman, 2/17).

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