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UN to vote tomorrow on suspending Russia from human rights council

Photos from the war in Ukraine are shown on a screen as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York City on April 5, 2022. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)
Photos from the war in Ukraine are shown on a screen as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York City on April 5, 2022. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

The Unted Nations General Assembly will vote tomorrow on whether to suspend Russia from the UN’s leading human rights body.

The move was initiated by the United States in response to the discovery of hundreds of bodies after Russian troops withdrew from towns near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, sparking calls for its forces to be tried for war crimes.

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield made the call for Russia to be stripped of its seat on the 47-member Human Rights Council in the wake of videos and photos of streets in the town of Bucha strewn with corpses of what appeared to be civilians.

General Assembly spokeswoman Paulina Kubiak says the assembly’s emergency special session on Ukraine will resume at 10 a.m. EDT tomorrow when the resolution “to suspend the rights of membership in the Human Rights Council of the Russian Federation” will be put to a vote.

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