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Canada War in Ukraine: Russia suspended from the United Nations Human Rights Council

21:30  07 april  2022
21:30  07 april  2022 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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This is the second suspension of UN history, after the eviction of Libya in 2011.

  Guerre en Ukraine : la Russie suspendue du Conseil des droits de l'Homme des Nations unies ​​© Provided by FRANCINFO

It's a historic decision. The UN General Assembly suspended, Thursday, April 7, Russia of its headquarters to the United Nations Council of Human Rights because of the invasion of Ukraine. An "illegal" decision reacted the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

of the 193 member countries, 93 voted for, 24 against and 58 abstained. But abstentions were not taken into account in the majority of two-thirds required among the only votes for and against.

China denounces a "hasty approach"

This is the second suspension of the UN history, after the eviction of Libya in 2011. It was initiated by the United States. Among the countries that voted against Figure China, which denounced a "hasty approach", putting "oil on fire" as well as a "hazardous precedent". Iran, Kazakhstan and Cuba also voted against. Not surprisingly, Russia, Belarus and Syria opposed the proposed polling resolution.

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Despite pressures in recent days of Moscow so that countries vote against, several African states, including South Africa and Senegal, have chosen the abstention, judging that the resolution suspending Moscow "prejudices the results of the Commission. 'investigation created in early March by the Human Rights Council.

Ukraine "grateful"

Brazil, such as Mexico and India, all three non-permanent members currently from the UN Security Council, has adopted the same abstaining position. Chile has however voted for.

According to Washington, the suspension of Russia of the Human Rights Council, which sits in Geneva, is much more than symbolic and increases "isolation" of Moscow on the international scene since the invasion of Ukraine. February 24th.

Ukraine has been "grateful" of this decision, affirming that "war criminals" should not be represented. For Ukraine's ambassador, Vadym Omélchenko, guest from Franceinfo Thursday , this sanction to Moscow is "a very important sign".

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