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UN votes Czech Republic to replace Russia on Human Rights Council



United Nations General Assembly

The UN General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly for the Czech Republic to replace Russia on the Human Rights Council, following its suspension over allegations of horrific rights violations by Russian soldiers in Ukraine.

Paulina Greer, spokesperson for General Assembly President, Abdulla Shahid, announced this at a news conference on Tuesday at the UN Headquarters in New York, United States.

“In the General Assembly Hall this morning, Member States held an election to fill the vacancy on the Human Rights Council.

“The Czech Republic was elected by secret ballot. It obtained 157 votes, the totality of the present and voting Member States,” Ms Greer said.

180 of the General Assembly’s 193 members voted and 157 countries voted in favour of the Czech Republic, and 23 countries abstained from voting.

The assembly approved a U.S.-initiated resolution on April 7 to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council.

The resolution received a two-thirds majority in the 193-member Assembly, with 93 nations voting in favour and 24 against. Fifty-eight abstained from the process. Nigeria is among the 58 countries that abstained from voting.

The vote on the floor of the UN makes Russia the first permanent member of the UN Security Council to have its membership revoked from any UN body.