EU welcomes UN vote to suspend Russia from Human Rights Council
April 8, 2022

EU welcomes UN vote to suspend Russia from Human Rights Council

The EU has welcomed Thursday’s decision by the United Nations General Assembly to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council. 

“The resolution, which was adopted by a very clear margin, expresses grave concerns at the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, particularly at the reports of gross and systematic violations of human rights and of international humanitarian law by the Russian Federation,” said a statement by EU High Representative Josep Borrell.

“This suspension is necessary to uphold the integrity of the Human Rights Council,” he added. It is only the second time since the establishment of the UN Human Rights Council in 2006 that a member´s rights have been suspended.

“The scale and gravity of Russia’s violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law call for a strong and united international response. The latest vote in the UN General Assembly shows the clear determination of the international community to hold Russia accountable,” the statement said.

“It is time for the Russian Government to listen to the voice of the UN General Assembly and appeals from the UN Secretary General and people all over the world to stop this war and bring an end to the senseless human suffering immediately.

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