The United Nations General Assembly today suspended Russia from the Human Rights Council after the killings in Bucha in Ukraine, reports the AFP news agency. Evidence of civilian killings in Bucha and other towns around kyiv – which Ukraine has blamed on Russian troops, allegations Moscow denies – has shocked the world and sparked calls for new sanctions against Moscow.
Of the 193 members of the assembly, 93 voted in favor of the suspension proposed by the United States while 24 voted against and 58 abstained, suggesting a weakening of international unity against Russia at the United Nations.
This was the second suspension of a country from the council. Libya was the first, in 2011.
Ukraine said it was “grateful” for the decision to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council, saying “war criminals” should not be represented on the body.
“War criminals have no place in UN bodies aimed at protecting human rights,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Twitter.
“Grateful to all Member States who supported the relevant UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) resolution and chose the right side of history.”