Russia suspended from UN human rights body over Ukraine

russia suspended from un human rights body over ukraine
russia suspended from un human rights body over ukraine

The United Nations General Assembly suspended Russia from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday, citing claims of “gross and systematic breaches and abuses of human rights” by Russian soldiers invading Ukraine.

The US-led initiative received 93 votes in favour, 24 votes against, and 58 abstentions. Suspending Russia from the 47-member council required a two-thirds majority of voting members (abstentions do not count).

New York hosts an emergency extraordinary session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, speaks at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, New York, United States, on April 7, 2022, during an emergency special session of the United Nations General Assembly on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

UNITED NATIONS, April 7 – The United Nations General Assembly suspended Russia from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday, citing claims of “gross and systematic breaches and abuses of human rights” by Russian soldiers invading Ukraine.

The US-led initiative received 93 votes in favour, 24 votes against, and 58 abstentions. Suspending Russia from the 47-member council required a two-thirds majority of voting members (abstentions do not count).

Suspensions are uncommon. Libya was stopped in 2011 because to violence perpetrated by troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi against demonstrators.

The 193-member General Assembly draught resolution expresses “grave concern” over the continued human rights and humanitarian situation in Ukraine, including claims of Russian rights violations.

Russia has warned that a yes vote or abstention would be seen as a “unfriendly gesture” with ramifications for bilateral relations.

The Geneva-based council, which cannot make legally enforceable decisions, was in its second year of a three-year tenure for Russia. Its rulings, on the other hand, carry crucial political statements and can authorise probes.

Moscow is one of the council’s most outspoken members, and its suspension prevents it from speaking or voting, according to authorities, but diplomats may still attend deliberations. “They’d almost certainly try to sway the Council through proxies,” a Geneva-based official added.

Since Russia’s incursion, the council has begun an inquiry into claims of human rights breaches, including probable war crimes, in Ukraine.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, the United Nations General Assembly has passed two resolutions condemning Russia, with 141 and 140 votes in favour, respectively. Moscow claims to be conducting a “special operation” in Ukraine to demilitarise the country.

After Ukraine accused Russian soldiers of murdering hundreds of people in the village of Bucha, the US declared that it would pursue Russia’s suspension.

Russia denies targeting Ukrainian people. On Tuesday, United Nations Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia declared that while Bucha was under Russian control, “not a single civilian was subjected to any form of violence.”

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