Lavrov: Ideas calling for revision of moral values are dangerous
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia is concerned about the intensification in some countries of activities by ultra-liberal activists who preach permissiveness and a revision of moral values, adding that such actions are destructive to modern society.
"Supporters of ultra-liberal ideas, who promote permissiveness and hedonism and demand a revision of moral values, which are common for all religions, have recently become very aggressive in some countries," Lavrov said at the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.
Lavrov reiterated that "such actions are destructive to society and are extremely bad for the education of the younger generation." "Children should be protected from information that harms their mental health and belittles their dignity," he said.
Lavrov recalled that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights envisages the possibility of the legislative restriction of rights and liberties in the interests of the protection of people's health and morals, public safety and order.
Lavrov also said that "no country or group of countries has exclusive powers to unilaterally create some 'rules of conduct' that are not supported by the universal foundation."
"Forcing interpretations of human rights standards on others can only exacerbate the inter-cultural and inter-religious contradictions and may cause a conflict of civilizations and sabotage the efforts to create a stable global governance system," he said.