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Blinken suggests kicking Russia off UN Human Rights Council

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken addresses the United Nations Security Council, February 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken addresses the United Nations Security Council, February 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken suggests Russia should be stripped of its membership in the UN Human Rights Council.

“One can reasonably ask whether a UN member state that tries to take over another UN member state, while committing horrific human rights abuses and causing massive humanitarian suffering, should be allowed to remain on this Council,” Blinken tells the UN Human Rights Council in a video address.

If Russian President Vladimir Putin achieves his goal of ousting the government in Kyiv, the humanitarian and rights crises in Ukraine “will only get worse,” the top US diplomat warns.

“If President Putin succeeds in his stated goal of toppling Ukraine’s democratically-elected government, the human rights and humanitarian crises will only get worse,” he says.

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