Washington (USA): US President Joe Biden has praised the UN General Assembly’s vote to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council (HRC) in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. The United Nations General Assembly suspended Russia from the Human Rights Council by a 93–24 vote, with 58 countries not participating. Biden said the vote reflected a meaningful move by the international community to show how President Vladimir Putin has made Russia an “international pariah”.

“I appreciate the overwhelming vote today in the UN General Assembly to exclude Russia from the UN Human Rights Council. This is a meaningful move by the international community that shows how Putin’s war has made Russia an international pariah,” the US president said in a statement. “Russia has no place in the Human Rights Council. After today’s historic vote, Russia will no longer be able to participate in the work of the Council or spread propaganda there as the Council’s Commission of Inquiry investigates Russia’s violations and human rights violations in Ukraine.” she added.

On 24 February, Russia launched a “military operation” in Ukraine, resulting in dozens of heavy-duty sanctions from the West. The Russian Defense Ministry said the operation was targeting only Ukrainian military infrastructure. However, Ukraine has accused Russia of killing civilians and committing crimes against humanity.