UN to vote on Russia’s suspension from Human Rights Council

The United Nations General Assembly will vote on Thursday on a decision by the United States to suspend Russia from the world body’s Human Rights Council for its aggression and invasion of Ukraine.

The office of the president of the UN General Assembly said the emergency special session of the 193-member UN body will resume at 10 a.m. Thursday and action is expected on the draft resolution to suspend Russia.

The Human Rights Council is made up of 47 Member States, elected directly and individually by secret ballot by a majority of the members of the General Assembly. The General Assembly, by a two-thirds majority of members present and voting, “may suspend the rights of Council membership of a Council member who commits gross and systematic violations of human rights”.

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US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield had told reporters in Bucharest, Romania, that Washington, in close coordination with Ukraine, European countries and other partners at the UN, would seek the suspension of Russia from the UN Human Rights Council.

“One hundred and forty UN member states have already voted to condemn Russia for its unprovoked war and the humanitarian crisis it has unleashed on the Ukrainian people. My message to these 140 countries who have bravely united is simple: Bucha’s images and the devastation across Ukraine now compel us to translate our words into deeds.

“We cannot let a member state that overthrows all the principles we hold dear continue to sit on the UN Human Rights Council,” she said, referring to member states of the United Nations. United Nations who voted in favor of General Assembly resolutions deploring Russian action and demanding that Moscow immediately withdraw its forces and cease hostilities.

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“Russia should not have a position of authority in this body, nor should we allow Russia to use its role in the Council as a propaganda tool to suggest that it has a legitimate concern. concerning human rights… Russia’s participation in the Human Rights Council “It’s a farce. This undermines the credibility of the Council and of the United Nations as a whole. And that’s just plain wrong. That’s why we think it’s time for the UN General Assembly to suspend them,” she said.

India unequivocally condemned the “deeply disturbing” reports of the killings of civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha and supported the call for an independent investigation, as it stressed that when innocent human lives are at stake, the diplomacy must prevail as the only viable option.

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