United Nations:The United Nations General Assembly will vote today whether to suspend Russia from the main UN human rights body. The move was initiated by the United States in response to the discovery of hundreds of bodies after Russian troops withdrew from cities near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, leading its forces to be tried for war crimes. US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield called on Russia to strip her of her seat on the 47-member Human Rights Council, as videos and photos of streets in the city of Bucha were strewn with corpses of what appeared to be civilians. Videos and reporting from the city have sparked global hatred and calls for tougher sanctions on Russia, which has denied responsibility. We believe that members of the Russian military have committed war crimes in Ukraine, and we believe that Russia must be held accountable, Thomas-Greenfield said Monday. Russia’s participation in the Human Rights Council is a farce.
General Assembly spokeswoman Paulina Kubiak said Wednesday that the Assembly’s emergency special session on Ukraine will resume Thursday at 10 a.m. EDT when voting on a resolution to suspend membership in the Russian Federation’s Human Rights Council takes place. While the Human Rights Council is based in Geneva, its members are elected for three-year terms by the 193-nation General Assembly. The March 2006 resolution establishing the Human Rights Council stated that the Assembly may suspend membership rights of a country that commits gross and systematic violations of human rights. The short resolution to vote expresses serious concern at the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine,
To be approved, a resolution requires a two-thirds majority, who vote yes or no. Diets don’t count. On March 24, the General Assembly voted 140-5 with 38 votes on a resolution blaming Russia for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and urging immediate ceasefire and protection for millions of civilians and homes, schools and hospitals. The vote was almost identical to the March 2 resolution, which the Assembly adopted calling for an immediate Russian ceasefire, the withdrawal of all its forces and protection for all civilians. That vote was 141-5 with 35 votes.
Thomas-Greenfield said on Monday that his message to the 140 members who voted in favor of those two resolutions to support Russia’s suspension from the Human Rights Council is simple: for the images out of Buka and the devastation across Ukraine now. We need to match our words with action. He said that we cannot allow a member country that is breaking our beloved principles and sit on the UN Human Rights Council. Supporters of the resolution are optimistic about its approval, though not necessarily with the support of 140 countries. Russia asked unspecified countries not to vote, saying not voting or not voting would be considered unfriendly and would affect bilateral ties.
In its so-called nonfiction paper obtained by The Associated Press, Russia said that attempts to expel it from the Human Rights Council are political and supported by various countries to maintain their dominant position and control over the world and to continue the politics of neo-human rights. Colonialism of human rights in international relations. Russia said its priority is to promote and protect human rights, including multilateral in the Human Rights Council. Russia’s ambassador to Geneva, Gennady Gatilov, called the US action unfounded and purely emotional bravery that looks good on camera – just as America likes it. In remarks relayed by a spokesman for the Russian diplomatic mission, Gatilov said, Washington exploits the Ukrainian crisis for its own advantage in an effort to either exclude or suspend Russia from international organizations.
Russia and the other four permanent members of the UN Security Council – Britain, China, France and the United States – all currently have seats on the Human Rights Council, to which the US rejoined this year. The only country to be stripped of membership rights in the council was Libya in 2011, when turmoil in the North African country brought down longtime leader Moammar Gaddafi, council spokesman Rolando Gómez said. No permanent member of the Security Council has ever revoked its membership from any UN body.