New Delhi: The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (April 7) approved a resolution suspending Russia’s membership of the Human Rights Council.
The 193-member General Assembly voted to adopt a US-led resolution suspending Russia from the world body’s top human rights organisation, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). 93 countries voted in favor of the resolution, with 58 including India not participating, while 24 countries voted against the draft resolution.
A two-thirds majority of voting members was needed to suspend Russia from the 47-member UNHRC.
The resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly’s draft expressed “serious concern over the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine,” Reuters reported.
Speaking on India’s decision in the post-vote interpretation of the vote, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations TS Tirumurti said, “India has stayed the resolution from the Human Rights Council adopted in general regarding the suspension of the Russian Federation. Assembly today. We do this for reasons of both matter and process.”
“Since the start of the Ukrainian conflict, India has stood for peace, dialogue and diplomacy. We believe that no solution can be found by shedding blood and at the cost of innocent people. If India has chosen any side, it is that side of peace and it is for an immediate end to the violence,” he said.
India also called for an independent investigation into the Buka killings, alleging that Russian troops killed civilians while retreating from cities near the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. According to ANI, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations said, “The recent reports of civilian killings in Bucha are very disturbing. We categorically condemn these killings and support the call for an independent investigation.”
India has avoided procedural votes and draft resolutions in the UN Security Council since January this year condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine.