Russia has been kicked out of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council for having invaded Ukraine and allegedly committed “gross and systematic violations of human rights.”
98 countries voted for a resolution ordering the suspension of Russia from the Human Rights Council. 25 were against, and 58 abstentions including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and UAE.
The vote, which was initiated by the United States, was held at the the General Assembly of the United Nations on Thursday in New York.
In a statement posted on its FB, the UN said: “UN General Assembly adopts historic resolution suspending the membership of Russia to the Human Rights Council.”
UN also expressed grave concern “at the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine,” the statement added.
“Countries from around the globe have voted to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council. We have collectively sent a clear message that Russia will be held accountable,” US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield tweeted. -Malaysia World News