at the UN, the united front against the Russian invasion begins to crumble

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Russia, accused of flagrant and systematic violations of human rights in Ukraine, will no longer be part of the Human Rights Council, an institution whose mission is precisely to protect these rights. In a vote in the General Assembly on Thursday, the UN suspended Moscow from its seat on this Council. With 93 votes in favour, the text obtained a two-thirds majority. However, 24 countries voted against this resolution proposed by the United States and 58 abstained.

the photos of mass graves and corpses of Boutcha it obviously did not strengthen support for Ukraine. The united front that UN members have shown so far seems even to be crumbling.

On March 2, a resolution demanding an immediate cessation of hostilities had again been overwhelmingly approved by 141 countries. Only five countries, including Russia and Syria, voted against it. A result applauded standing by many diplomats.

None of that this time. For example, it is not about China distancing itself from Russia, its faithful ally. Beijing, which again abstained on March 2, even voted against this text proposed by the United States, as did Iran. India, which had however told itself deeply concerned for the killings of civilians in Boutcha it again abstained, as did South Africa, Senegal and even Mexico.

Before the vote, Russia increased the pressure even more, calling on all countries to oppose this “ American attempt to defend its dominant position “. Moscow also regretted this decision, while stating that Russia will continue to defend its interests by all legal means at its disposal.

Moscow denounces the US position

After the suspension decided by the UN General Assembly, Gennady Kuzmin, Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations, considered that it was a measure “ illegal and politicized which would not prevent Russia from fulfilling its obligations to protect human rights. He also denounced the triumph of a US and colonialist approach to human rights.

As soon as Russia’s suspension was confirmed, Moscow decided withdraw from the Human Rights Council with immediate effect. For the spokesman for Russian diplomacy, this suspension undermines the universality of the organization. Maria Zakharova further believes that she is part of an anti-Russian campaign that allows Western countries to establish their control over the sphere of human rights.

In fact, this suspension will probably have little impact on Russia, analyzes our correspondent in Moscow, Jean Didier Revoin. As a permanent member of the Security Council, she retains the means to convey her messages within the UN and, according to Senator Konstantin Dolgov, this suspension will in no way affect Russia’s principled line towards Ukraine.

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