Rus­sia is re­moved from UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

The Gen­eral As­sem­bly voted Rus­sia off the U.N. Hu­man Rights Coun­cil on Fri­day, a stun­ning re­buke to the coun­try which is in­creas­ingly be­ing ac­cused of war crimes over its ac­tions in Syria.

The 193-mem­ber Gen­eral As­sem­bly elected 14 mem­bers to the 47-na­tion coun­cil, the U.N.’s main body charged with pro­mot­ing and pro­tect­ing hu­man rights.

Rus­sia, which re­ceived 112 votes, lost its re­gional seat to Hun­gary, with 144 votes, and Croa­tia with 114 votes.

Rus­sia’s U.N. Am­bas­sador Vi­taly Churkin played down the im­por­tance of the loss.

“It was a very close vote and very good coun­tries com­pet­ing, Croa­tia, Hun­gary. They are for­tu­nate be­cause of their size, they are not ex­posed to the winds of in­ter­na­tional diplo­macy. Rus­sia is very ex­posed. We’ve been on coun­cil a num­ber of years, I’m sure next time we’ll get in,” he said.

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