United Nation removes Russia from Human Rights Council
New Delhi : The United Nations has removed Russia from its seat on the Human Rights Council after the Bucha killing incident in Ukraine.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield had introduced a resolution in the United Nations against Russia after the bodies of civilians were found on the streets of Bucha in Ukraine.
Russia had called the attack on Ukraine its special military operation and had claimed that civilians are not the target. But, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy alleged that the Russian troops attacked the civilians as they moved out from Bucha.
Meanwhile, Thomas-Greenfield said that Russia's UN membership hurts its credibility.
During the resolution voting, 93 countries voted in favour of removing Russia, 24 voted against it and 58 countries abstained from the vote. India is among the nations that chose not to vote.
Belarus, China, Iran, Russia and Syria were among the U.N. members that voted against the resolution.
Before this, Libya was the only nation that was suspended from the 47-member Geneva-based council. It was suspended in 2011 after a violent crackdown against protesters by forces loyal to then-leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Appearing before the UN, Ukraine President Zelenskyy claimed that over 300 civilians were tortured and murdered by the Russian soldiers in Bucha.