US to seek suspension of Russia from UNHRC

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US to seek suspension of Russia from UNHRC
US ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield says US will ask General Assembly to suspend Russia from Human Rights Council.
Elad Benari
05.04.22

The United States will ask the UN General Assembly to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council, the US ambassador to the United Nations said on Monday, according to Reuters. A two-thirds majority vote by the 193-member assembly in New York can suspend a state for persistently committing gross and systematic violations of human rights. "Russia's participation on the Human Rights Council is a farce," US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on a visit to Romania, adding, "And it is wrong, which is why we believe it is time the UN General Assembly vote to remove them."

Thomas-Greenfield said she wants to have the vote this week. The announcement follows accusations that Russian troops killed dozens of civilians in the town of Bucha as they fled the Kyiv region. Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, the General Assembly has adopted two resolutions denouncing Russia with 140 votes in favor.

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