The Permanent Representative of the United States demanded the exclusion of Russia from the Council.
The UN General Assembly plans to vote on Thursday on the exclusion of Russia from the UN Human Rights Council due to its alleged massive war crimes during the aggression against Ukraine.
Recall that Russia has been a member of the UN Human Rights Council for the second year. The total term of membership in the Geneva-based council is three years.
The U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, demanded the exclusion of Russia from the council after Ukraine accused Russian troops of killing dozens of civilians in the city of Bucha.
By a two-thirds majority vote, the General Assembly, consisting of 193 member countries, may expel a country from the Council for systematic and gross violations of human rights during its membership.
Speaking in Bucharest on Monday, Linda Thomas-Greenfield stressed that “Russia’s participation in the Human Rights Council is a farce.”
“Therefore,” she continued, “we believe that it is time for the UN General Assembly to vote for its exclusion.”
“We cannot allow a UN member state that violates all the principles of the organization that we respect to continue to sit in the UN Human Rights Council,” Thomas-Greenfield stressed.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, the UN General Assembly has adopted two resolutions condemning Russia by at least 140 votes in favor.
“My message to those 140 countries that have courageously united is this: images from the Butch and destruction throughout Ukraine demand that we now back up our words with actions,” Thomas–Greenfield said.
According to representatives of the Bucha city authorities, of the approximately 300 dead bodies found in the city after the withdrawal of Russian troops, about 50 were victims of extrajudicial killings committed by the Russian military.
The Ukrainian authorities say they are investigating possible war crimes.
This formulation was also used by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Recall that in March 2011, the activities of Libya as part of the UN Human Rights Committee were suspended – in connection with the violent actions of Muammar Gaddafi’s troops against participants in anti-government protests.
The Russian representative to the UN Geneva organizations, Gennady Gatilov, called the U.S. actions “unjustified” and stressed that “Washington is trying to turn the Ukrainian crisis to its advantage.”