Russia suspended from UNHRC
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.
- A two-thirds majority of voting members - abstentions do not count - was needed to suspend Russia from the 47-member council.
- Suspensions are rare. Libya was suspended in 2011 because of violence against protesters by forces loyal to then-leader Muammar Gaddafi.
- 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.
- 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.
- India abstains from voting in UNGA to suspend Russia from UNHRC over Ukraine crisis