(CNN) –– The United Nations General Assembly voted to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council during a meeting on Thursday. In the poll, 93 people voted in favor, 24 against and 58 abstained.
A Draft resolution, read CNNThe General Assembly stated that it was “suspending the rights of members of the Council who are engaged in serious and systematic violations of human rights.”
The document added that the Council was “deeply concerned” by reports of “grave and systematic and human rights violations” and “violations of international humanitarian law” by the Russian Federation during the invasion of Ukraine.
Russia’s withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council required a two-thirds majority in the General Assembly. According to the resolution, the referendum suspends the membership rights of the Human Rights Council of the Russian Federation. It also decides to reconsider the matter as appropriate.
“Russia’s actions are out of bounds”
Prior to the vote, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations, Sergei Kislytsia, called on all UN member states to support the resolution suspending Russia from the council.
“The world has reached a critical juncture. We see our cruise ship sailing through deadly glaciers through treacherous fog.
He said Russia’s actions in Ukraine would be “equivalent to war crimes and crimes against humanity.” Although he noted that the decision to suspend a country from the Human Rights Council was a “rare and extraordinary act”, he continued that “Russia’s actions are out of bounds.”
Russia urges UN to vote against
In response, Russia’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Gennady Kuzmin, called on member states to reject the resolution, saying it would “set a dangerous precedent”.
“Today the theater has no time or place, nor is it the time for so many theatrical performances of this kind, as Ukraine has provided. In fact, it has nothing to do with the draft resolution we are considering today and the real state of human rights. On the ground,” Kuzmin said.
The Russian envoy argued that the vote on Russia’s suspension from the Human Rights Council was “an attempt by the United States to maintain its hegemonic position and full control over its pursuit of human rights in international relations.”
The United States has backed Russia’s suspension from the UN Human Rights Council
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations met with the UN on Tuesday. He supported Russia’s suspension of the Human Rights Council before the Security Council.
“Russia should not have power in an organization that aims to promote respect for human rights. This is not only the height of hypocrisy, it is dangerous,” said Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
“Every day we see more and more of Russia underestimating human rights,” he stressed.
In the end, he argued, “Russia’s participation in the Human Rights Council is undermining the credibility of the Council. It is undermining the UN as a whole. It is simply wrong.”
A “clear message”
Luis Sarbonno, director of the United Nations Human Rights Watch, said in a statement that Russia’s suspension was sending “a clear message” to the council that “there is no business”.
“The General Assembly has sent a clear message to Russia’s leaders that its government, which routinely perpetrates horrific human rights abuses, has no job on the UN Human Rights Council,” Sarponno said. “Pucha’s horrific images have shocked people around the world. Victims and their families must be held accountable. War crimes. ”