United Nations General Assembly Votes to Suspend Russia From the Human Rights Council

Yesterday, the United Nations General Assembly voted to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council. The General Assembly needed to vote in favor by two-thirds and the vote was 93 to 24. In a draft of the resolution, the United Nations General Assembly said removal from the Human Rights Council is warranted if a member of the council “commits gross and systematic violations of human rights.” In addition, the draft resolution stated the council has “grave concern” regarding reports of “violations of international humanitarian law” committed by Russia in its invasion of Ukraine. The United Nations could launch a review if it deems it warranted.