Apr 07, 2022
By Steve Kee
The United Nations General Assembly has voted to suspend Russia from the world organization’s leading human rights body over allegations of horrific rights violations by Russian soldiers in Ukraine, which the United States and Ukraine have called tantamount to war crimes.
Defence Minister Anita Anand says the vote to strip Russia of its membership rights at the Human Rights Council shows countries are acting together to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Anand says the decision also states that Russia’s conduct and lack of respect for human rights is unacceptable.
Russia is the second country to have its membership rights stripped at the Human Rights Council. Thursday’s vote was 93-24 with 58 abstentions, significantly lower than the vote on two resolutions the assembly adopted last month demanding an immediate cease-fire in Ukraine, withdrawal of all Russian troops and protection for civilians.