(AbsoluteNews.com) – Russia began a three-year term on the UN Human Rights Council in 2021. As it turns out, countries that target civilians and allegedly torture them during an unprovoked war don’t belong on a council created to put an end to those abuses — and Russia just found that out the hard way.
On Thursday, April 7, the UN General Assembly voted 93 to 24 to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council. Fifty-eight countries abstained from voting on the matter, including Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and El Salvador.
The UN General Assembly votes to suspend Russia's membership in the UN Human Rights Council @UN_HRC
In favor: 93
Against: 24 pic.twitter.com/6EavdZJspc
— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) April 7, 2022
In a joint statement before the vote, the Group of Seven – Italy, the UK, Canada, France, Japan, Germany, and the US – called for Russia’s suspension after the country was accused of war crimes in Ukraine. The nations claimed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s army destroyed vital infrastructure and killed civilians. The council also issued a warning against the “threat or use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.”
Recent news emerged of Russia torturing civilians and throwing some of them into mass graves. Journalists with the Associated Press reported seeing dead bodies littering the streets of Bucha. Children were reportedly among the dead.
Prosecutors for the International Criminal Court at The Hague have opened an investigation into Russia’s actions.
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