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UN General Assembly suspends Russia from Human Rights Council

The UN General Assembly voted Thursday to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council as a punishment for Ukraine’s aggression.

Of the 193 members of Congress, 93 voted in favor of the suspension, 24 voted against, 58 abandoned, and the UN’s international unification with Russia weakened, as proposed by the United States. It suggests.

This was the second suspension from the national council. Libya was first in 2011.

The suspension required two-thirds of the positive and negative votes. Abstentions were not counted.

The countries that voted against it included China, an ally of Moscow, who has resolutely refrained from criticizing the aggression. Others included Iran, a communist Cuban in the former Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan, and Russia itself, Belarus, and Syria.

Despite the negative pressure from Moscow, some African countries, such as South Africa and Senegal, only abstained. I also abstinent from Brazil, Mexico and India.

The United States is symbolic of this punishment (suspending Russia from a Geneva-based organization, the United Nations’ main human rights watchdog), and in fact Russia after the attack on Ukraine that began on February 24. Claims to strengthen the isolation of the United Nations.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also called for Russia to be expelled from the UN Security Council. “So Russia cannot prevent its own aggression, its own decision on war.”

But Washington acknowledged that little can be done about Russia’s position on the Security Council, which has veto power.

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Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, more than 11 million people have been displaced.

The world is indignant at the images of numerous civilians who were apparently executed and left in mass graves in areas formerly dominated by Russian troops. The massacre led to new sanctions against Russia.

Journalists, including AFP, found a hand-tied corpse in civilian clothing in the town of Bucha on the outskirts of Kyiv last weekend.

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Monday when he called for a suspension from the Russian Rights Council, “the image of Bucha and the devastation of the whole of Ukraine need to match our words and actions.” rice field.

“We cannot allow Member States to continue to participate, overturning all the principles we value,” she said.

The Kremlin denied that Russian troops had killed civilians and claimed that the image of Bucha’s corpse was “fake.”

The United Nations Human Rights Council was established in 2006 and consists of 47 member states elected by the General Assembly.

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/04/07/un-general-assembly-suspends-russia-from-human-rights-council-a77266 UN General Assembly suspends Russia from Human Rights Council

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