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UN suspends Russia from Human Rights Council

UN suspends Russia from Human Rights Council

The United Nations General Meeting has suspended Russia from the UN Human Rights Council after high-profile allegations of atrocities dedicated by Russian troopers in the course of the warfare in Ukraine.

The measure suspends Russia’s membership within the Council and would launch a overview of the matter if the UN deems it acceptable.

The US ambassador to the United Nations made a case for looking for the suspension of Russia from the Human Rights Council in entrance of the UN Safety Council on Tuesday, something she and different UN member states have been pushing.

UN suspends Russia from Human Rights Council

“Russia shouldn’t have a place of authority in a body whose objective — whose very function — is to advertise respect for human rights. Not solely is it the height of hypocrisy — it’s dangerous,” Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield mentioned.

“Daily, we see increasingly how little Russia respects human rights,” she mentioned.

“Russia’s participation on the Human Rights Council hurts the Council’s credibility. It undermines the whole UN. And it’s simply plain improper.”

On Thursday, April 7 the UN common council voted with 93 nations in favor, 24 in opposition to and 58 abstentions.

UN suspends Russia from Human Rights Council

A draft of the decision says the General Assembly could “droop the rights of membership within the Human Rights Council of a member of the Council that commits gross and systematic violations of human rights.”

The draft resolution adds that the council has “grave concern” concerning stories of “gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights” and “violations of worldwide humanitarian legislation” dedicated by the Russian Federation during its invasion of Ukraine.

The General Assembly needed to vote in favor by two-thirds of the nations current earlier than Russia might be removed from the UN Human Rights Council.

Earlier than the vote, the deputy Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Gennady Kuzmin, known as on member states to reject the decision, saying it might set a “a dangerous precedent.”

“As we speak is not the time nor the place for theatrics, or these sorts of extraordinarily theatrical performances like the one introduced by Ukraine. The truth is the draft decision we’re contemplating at present has no relationship to the actual human rights scenario on the ground,” Kuzmin mentioned.

The Russian representative mentioned the vote on suspending Russia from the Human Rights Council “is an try by the USA to keep up its dominant position and complete control to continue its attempt at human rights colonialism in worldwide relations.”

Louis Charbonneau, the UN director at Human Rights Watch, mentioned in a press release that Russia’s suspension sends “a crystal-clear message” that they’ve “no business” on the council.

“The General Assembly has despatched a crystal-clear message to Russia’s management {that a} government whose military is routinely committing horrific rights violations has no enterprise on the UN Human Rights Council,” Charbonneau mentioned.

“Gruesome photos from Bucha have shocked individuals around the globe. Victims and their households need to see these responsible held to account. Investigators from the UN and International Criminal Court should set the wheels of justice in movement by shifting swiftly to collect and protect proof of warfare crimes.”

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