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At a meeting of the UN general assembly on Thursday, 93 members voted in favour of Russia’s suspension. There were 58 abstentions, while 24 voted against Russia has been suspended from the United Nations Human Rights Council for its actions in Ukraine. This met the two-thirds majority required.
Ukraine has accused Russia of more than 400 war crimes since Vladimir Putin launched his invasion in late February.
Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukraine’s UN ambassador, said while introducing the resolution at the general assembly: “Russia’s actions are beyond the pale. Russia is not only committing human rights violations, but it is also shaking the underpinnings of international peace and security.”
He said Russia had committed “horrific human rights violations and abuses that would be equated to war crimes and crimes against humanity”.
With respect to 54 African countries that are members of the United Nations, this is how their voting patterns went.