UN Voted to Suspend Russia from Human Rights Council over War Crimes in Ukraine
Ninety-three member countries voted in favor of the resolution, while 24 nations voted against it, and 58 countries abstained.
Russia, China, North Korea, Syria, and Iran were the countries that voted against the UN General Assembly’s verdict. The nations that abstained were Brazil, India, Mexico, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Pakistan, Thailand, etc.
In his speech at the UN, Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya demanded support for the resolution from the global community.
“Bucha and dozens of other Ukrainian cities and villages, where thousands of peaceful residents have been killed, tortured, raped, abducted and robbed by the Russian Army, serve as an example of how dramatically far the Russian Federation has gone from its initial declarations in the human rights domain. That is why this case is unique and today’s response is obvious and self-explanatory,” he claimed.
In response to the country’s suspension, Russian ambassador Gennady Kuzmin urged the other UN country members to “vote against the attempt by Western countries and their allies to destroy the existing human rights architecture.”
The US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield called the majority of votes in favor of Russia’s exclusion from the Human Rights Council “one collective step in the right direction,” which “sent a strong message that the suffering of victims and survivors will not be ignored.”
Overall, the UN’s final decision caused various reactions among member states. For more details, read the latest report from the UN General Assembly.
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