UN Suspends Russia from Human Rights Council

They cite grave concerns over human rights abuses in Ukraine. 

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday suspended Russia from the UN Human Rights Council over reports of “gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights” by invading Russian troops in Ukraine. 

The vote was pushed by the U.S. and garnered 93 votes in favor, while 24 countries voted no and 58 countries abstained. A two-thirds majority of voting members in the 193-member General Assembly was needed to suspend Russia from the 47-member Geneva-based Human Rights Council. Abstentions do not count. 

The resolution adopted on Thursday expressed “grave concern at the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine,” particularly at reports of rights abuses by Russia. 

Russia’s deputy UN Ambassador said now was not the time for “theatrical performances,” and accused Western countries and allies of trying to “destroy existing human rights architecture.” Before the vote, he told the General Assembly, “We reject the untruthful allegations against us based on staged events and widely circulated fakes.” 

Russia is the first permanent member of the UN Security Council to have its membership revoked from any UN body. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the president and members of his administration as they continue to consider measures regarding the war in Ukraine.
  • For discernment for Secretaries Blinken and Yellen as sanctions are continued to be implemented on Russians supporting the war.
  • For UN members and U.S. allies to be led by God to fulfill His purposes.

Sources: Reuters, Axios, Just The News 


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