GS Paper - 2 (International Relations)

The United Nations General Assembly on 7 April 2022 suspended Russia from the U.N. Human Rights Council over reports of "gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights" by invading Russian troops in Ukraine. The U.S.-led push garnered 93 votes in favor, while 24 countries voted no and 58 countries abstained.

What

  1. A two-thirds majority of voting members - abstentions do not count - was needed to suspend Russia from the 47-member council.
  2. Suspensions are rare. Libya was suspended in 2011 because of violence against protesters by forces loyal to then-leader Muammar Gaddafi.
  3. The resolution adopted by the 193-member General Assembly draft expresses "grave concern at the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine," particularly at reports of rights abuses by Russia.
  4. Russia was in its second year of a three-year term on the Geneva-based council, which cannot make legally binding decisions. Its decisions send important political messages, however, and it can authorize investigations.
  5. India abstains from voting in UNGA to suspend Russia from UNHRC over Ukraine crisis