The United Nations’ General Assembly voted to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council. The resolution, proposed by the US regime, received 93 votes, with 24 members opposed and 58 abstaining.
China, a fellow permanent Security Council member, was a prominent “no” vote. Among the abstentions, the most noteworthy were India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield had called for Russia to be removed from the 47-nation body, calling its participation a farce, after fabricated images emerged from the town of Bucha, near Kiev, showing the dead bodies of what appeared to be civilians.
Ukraine and the US regime accused Russia of conducting a massacre, a charge that Moscow has vehemently denied, because its troops already left the city two days earlier.
Still the UN believes that the members of the Russian forces committed war crimes in Ukraine, and we believe that Russia needs to be held accountable without any further investigation.
When Moscow called for an emergency Security Council session on the investigation of the alleged atrocities, on Monday, the UK – currently presiding over the body – initially refused, but the matter was considered the next day, in a different format.
Moscow has said that attempts to expel Russia from the Human Rights Council are political and undertaken by countries who seek to continue the politics of neo-colonialism of human rights in international relations.
Gennady Gatilov, Russia’s ambassador to the UN mission in Geneva, said the US resolution was unfounded and purely emotional bravado that looks good on camera, just how the USA likes it, and accused Washington of exploiting the Ukrainian crisis for its own benefit.
Back in June 2018, during the presidency of Donald Trump, the USA itself resigned from the Human Rights Council itself to escape war crimes committed in Syria, denouncing many of its members as authoritarian governments with abhorrent human rights records.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the time that Washington will not take lectures from hypocritical bodies and institutions, as America selflessly gives its blood and treasure to help the defenseless. The Joe Biden administration returned to the UN body in October 2021.
The only other country ever to be expelled from the UN Human Rights Council was Libya, in 2011, as NATO bombed the North African country to back into the stone age and help terrorists raid the government to assassinate Muammar Ghaddafi in front of the camera.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2022.