The United Nations’ General Assembly has voted to eject Russia from the Human Rights Council. Rejecting Russia was proposed by the U.S. government in what it claims is a response to the conflict in Ukraine, and namely the massacre in Bucha. The proposal received 93 votes, with 24 countries opposed and 58 abstaining.
U.S. ambassador Linda Thomas-Geeenfield had called for Russia to be expelled from the assembly, calling their participation a “farce” and is a direct response to the atrocities witnessed in the town of Bucha.
Currently Ukraine and the U.S. claim that Russia is responsible, however Russia is claiming the opposite and insisting on an independent investigation.
This is a landmark decision, which could have devastating consequences for the stability of the assembly moving forward. Voting Russia out of the U.N. before having any independent investigation launched in Bucha, would appear to be a premeditated tactical move.
“Today is an attempt by the U.S. to continue its dominant position,” said Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UNited Nations Gennady Kuzmin.
It sets a dangerous precedent when Western states are able to impose their rules and preferences on other nations.