UNGA Suspends Russia From Human Rights Council

PARIS, France – The United Nations General Assembly has voted to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council during a meeting Thursday. The voting result: in favour 94; against 24; abstention 56.

In a draft of the resolution, the UNGA said the General Assembly would ‘suspend the right of membership in the Human Rights Council of a member of the Council that commits gross and systematic violations of human rights’.

The General Assembly needed to vote in favor by two – thirds to remove Russia from the council.

Before the vote, China’s UN ambassador Zhang Jun said the country would vote against the move.

‘Dealing with the membership of the Human Rights Council in such a way will set new dangerous precedent’ and ‘produce serious consequences’, Zhang said speaking at the UNGA on Thursday.