The appeal of the members of the Committee on Foreign Relations emphasizes that the United States and its allies will not tolerate indiscriminate and unprovoked attacks on the civilian population of Ukraine.
More than ten U.S. senators – members of the Committee on Foreign Relations – urged the Biden administration to seek Russia’s exclusion from the UN Human Rights Council in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In their letter, eight Democrats and four Republicans are asking the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, to submit to the organization a resolution stating that Russian troops in Ukraine are destroying residential buildings, hospitals and schools.
“Measures should be taken urgently to show the world that the United States and our allies will not tolerate indiscriminate and unprovoked attacks on both civilians and democracy. The time has come for Russia to no longer have a place in the Council [The UN Human Rights Council],” reads the letter signed, in particular, by the chairman of the committee, Democrat Bob Menendez and the highest–ranking Republican on the committee, Republican Jim Risch.
The appeal notes that states convicted of cruel and systematic violations of human rights can be excluded from the UN Council if at least two thirds of the members of the General Assembly vote for it.