China votes against suspending Russia from the UN Human Rights Council over situation in Ukraine

On Thursday, April 7, 2022, the UN General Assembly voted to suspend Russia’s membership in the UN Human Rights Council over "gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights" and "violations of international humanitarian law".

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The voting result was 93 in favor, 24 against, and 58 abstentions.

For Russia to be suspended, the General Assembly needed to vote in favor by two-thirds. 

On Tuesday, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, made the push to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council.

The U.S. ambassador said that “Russia should not have a position of authority in a body whose purpose — whose very purpose — is to promote respect for human rights. Not only is it the height of hypocrisy — it is dangerous,”.

Continuing, “Every day, we see more and more how little Russia respects human rights,”. 

The U.S. ambassador said that Russia’s involvement in the council hurts its credibility. “Russia’s participation on the Human Rights Council hurts the Council’s credibility. It undermines the entire UN. And it is just plain wrong.”

During the vote, China voted against the resolution to suspend Russia from the council. In addition, India abstained from the vote. 

Algeria, Belarus, Bolivia, Burundi, Central African Republic, China, Congo, Cuba, North Korea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mali, Nicaragua, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe voted against the resolution.

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