Russia Has Been Suspended From the UN Human Rights Council

Visualization showing Russia's suspension from UN Human Rights Council. 93 countries voted for the resolution, 24 against

The Briefing

  • 93 countries voted in favor of suspending Russia from the UN’s Human Rights Council, including all NATO member countries
  • 24 countries voted against the resolution, including; China, Iran, and North Korea

Russia Has Been Suspended From the UN Human Rights Council

On April 7, 2022, the United Nations suspended Russia from its seat on the Human Rights Council.

This suspension comes amid growing condemnation of Russia over alleged civilian murders committed by Russian troops in Ukraine. Widely distributed videos appear to show the bodies of civilians scattered along the streets in the Ukrainian town of Bucha.

To be approved, the resolution required a two-thirds majority of assembly members that vote “yes” or “no”. Here is a complete list of how countries voted:

Country Vote NATO Member Former Soviet Union
🇦🇩 Andorra In favor
🇦🇫 Afghanistan
🇦🇬 Antigua and Barbuda In favor
🇦🇱 Albania In favor
✔
🇦🇲 Armenia
✔
🇦🇴 Angola Abstained
🇦🇷 Argentina In favor
🇦🇹 Austria In favor
🇦🇺 Australia In favor
🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
✔
🇧🇧 Barbados Abstained
🇧🇩 Bangladesh Abstained
🇧🇪 Belgium In favor
✔
🇧🇫 Burkina Faso
🇧🇬 Bulgaria In favor
✔
🇧🇭 Bahrain Abstained
🇧🇮 Burundi Against
🇧🇯 Benin
🇧🇳 Brunei Darussalam Abstained
🇧🇴 Bolivia Against
🇧🇷 Brazil Abstained
🇧🇸 Bahamas In favor
🇧🇹 Bhutan Abstained
🇧🇼 Botswana Abstained
🇧🇾 Belarus Against
✔
🇧🇿 Belize Abstained
🇨🇦 Canada In favor
✔
🇨🇩 Dem. Republic of the Congo In favor
🇨🇫 Central African Republic Against
🇨🇬 Republic of the Congo Against
🇨🇭 Switzerland In favor
🇨🇮 Côte d’Ivoire In favor
🇨🇱 Chile In favor
🇨🇲 Cameroon Abstained
🇨🇳 China Against
🇨🇴 Colombia In favor
🇨🇷 Costa Rica In favor
🇨🇺 Cuba Against
🇨🇻 Cabo Verde Abstained
🇨🇾 Cyprus In favor
🇨🇿 Czech Republic In favor
✔
🇩🇪 Germany In favor
✔
🇩🇯 Djibouti
🇩🇰 Denmark In favor
✔
🇩🇲 Dominica In favor
🇩🇴 Dominican Republic In favor
🇩🇿 Algeria Against
🇪🇨 Ecuador In favor
🇪🇪 Estonia In favor
✔
✔
🇪🇬 Egypt Abstained
🇪🇷 Eritrea Against
🇪🇸 Spain In favor
✔
🇪🇹 Ethiopia Against
🇫🇮 Finland In favor
🇫🇯 Fiji In favor
🇫🇲 Micronesia In favor
🇫🇷 France In favor
✔
🇬🇦 Gabon Against
🇬🇩 Grenada In favor
🇬🇪 Georgia In favor
✔
🇬🇭 Ghana Abstained
🇬🇲 Gambia Abstained
🇬🇳 Guinea
🇬🇶 Equatorial Guinea
🇬🇷 Greece In favor
✔
🇬🇹 Guatemala In favor
🇬🇼 Guinea-Bissau Abstained
🇬🇾 Guyana Abstained
🇭🇳 Honduras In favor
🇭🇷 Croatia In favor
✔
🇭🇹 Haiti In favor
🇭🇺 Hungary In favor
✔
🇮🇩 Indonesia Abstained
🇮🇪 Ireland In favor
🇮🇱 Israel In favor
🇮🇳 India Abstained
🇮🇶 Iraq Abstained
🇮🇷 Iran Against
🇮🇸 Iceland In favor
✔
🇮🇹 Italy In favor
✔
🇯🇲 Jamaica In favor
🇯🇴 Jordan Abstained
🇯🇵 Japan In favor
🇰🇪 Kenya Abstained
🇰🇬 Kyrgyzstan Against
✔
🇰🇭 Cambodia Abstained
🇰🇮 Kiribati In favor
🇰🇲 Comoros In favor
🇰🇳 Saint Kitts and Nevis Abstained
🇰🇵 North Korea Against
🇰🇷 South Korea In favor
🇰🇼 Kuwait Abstained
🇰🇿 Kazakhstan Against
✔
🇱🇦 Laos Against
🇱🇧 Lebanon
🇱🇨 Saint Lucia In favor
🇱🇮 Liechtenstein In favor
🇱🇰 Sri Lanka Abstained
🇱🇷 Liberia In favor
🇱🇸 Lesotho Abstained
🇱🇹 Lithuania In favor
✔
✔
🇱🇺 Luxembourg In favor
✔
🇱🇻 Latvia In favor
✔
✔
🇱🇾 Libya In favor
🇲🇦 Morocco
🇲🇨 Monaco In favor
🇲🇩 Moldova In favor
✔
🇲🇪 Montenegro In favor
✔
🇲🇬 Madagascar Abstained
🇲🇭 Marshall Islands In favor
🇲🇰 North Macedonia In favor
✔
🇲🇱 Mali Against
🇲🇲 Myanmar In favor
🇲🇳 Mongolia Abstained
🇲🇷 Mauritania
🇲🇹 Malta In favor
🇲🇺 Mauritius In favor
🇲🇻 Maldives Abstained
🇲🇼 Malawi In favor
🇲🇽 Mexico Abstained
🇲🇾 Malaysia Abstained
🇲🇿 Mozambique Abstained
🇳🇦 Namibia Abstained
🇳🇪 Niger Abstained
🇳🇬 Nigeria Abstained
🇳🇮 Nicaragua Against
🇳🇱 Netherlands In favor
✔
🇳🇴 Norway In favor
✔
🇳🇵 Nepal Abstained
🇳🇷 Nauru In favor
🇳🇿 New Zealand In favor
🇴🇲 Oman Abstained
🇵🇦 Panama In favor
🇵🇪 Peru In favor
🇵🇬 Papua New Guinea In favor
🇵🇭 Philippines In favor
🇵🇰 Pakistan Abstained
🇵🇱 Poland In favor
✔
🇵🇹 Portugal In favor
✔
🇵🇼 Palau In favor
🇵🇾 Paraguay In favor
🇶🇦 Qatar Abstained
🇷🇴 Romania In favor
✔
🇷🇸 Serbia In favor
🇷🇺 Russia Against
✔
🇷🇼 Rwanda
🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia Abstained
🇸🇧 Solomon Islands
🇸🇨 Seychelles In favor
🇸🇩 Sudan Abstained
🇸🇪 Sweden In favor
🇸🇬 Singapore Abstained
🇸🇮 Slovenia In favor
✔
🇸🇰 Slovakia In favor
✔
🇸🇱 Sierra Leone In favor
🇸🇲 San Marino In favor
🇸🇳 Senegal Abstained
🇸🇴 Somalia
🇸🇷 Suriname Abstained
🇸🇸 South Sudan Abstained
🇸🇹 Sao Tome and Principe
🇸🇻 El Salvador Abstained
🇸🇾 Syria Against
🇸🇿 Eswatini Abstained
🇹🇩 Chad In favor
🇹🇬 Togo Abstained
🇹🇭 Thailand Abstained
🇹🇯 Tajikistan Against
✔
🇹🇱 Timor Leste In favor
🇹🇲 Turkmenistan
✔
🇹🇳 Tunisia Abstained
🇹🇴 Tonga In favor
🇹🇷 Turkey In favor
✔
🇹🇹 Trinidad and Tobago Abstained
🇹🇻 Tuvalu In favor
🇹🇿 Tanzania Abstained
🇺🇦 Ukraine In favor
✔
🇺🇬 Uganda Abstained
🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates Abstained
🇬🇧 United Kingdom In favor
✔
🇺🇸 United States In favor
✔
🇺🇾 Uruguay In favor
🇺🇿 Uzbekistan Against
✔
🇻🇨 St Vincent and the Grenadines Abstained
🇻🇪 Venezuela
🇻🇳 Vietnam Against
🇻🇺 Vanuatu Abstained
🇼🇸 Samoa In favor
🇾🇪 Yemen Abstained
🇿🇦 South Africa Abstained
🇿🇲 Zambia
🇿🇼 Zimbabwe Against
🏴󠁢󠁡󠁢󠁩󠁨󠁿 Bosnia and Herzegovina In favor

Not surprisingly, all NATO countries voted in favor of suspending Russia from the Council. This includes Turkey, which has taken a more neutral stance than other allies since the invasion began. Altogether, 93 countries voted for the resolution.

On the other side, 24 countries voted against the resolution. China is perhaps the most significant “no” vote, citing a lack of openness and transparency in the process. Of course, Russia itself voted against the resolution.

A number of countries abstained from voting, most notably, India. Leading up to the vote, Moscow indicated that even an abstention would be viewed as an “unfriendly gesture” with consequences for bilateral ties.

This suspension adds to the list of actions taken against Russia—including heavy sanctions—as the country becomes more isolated from the international community—particularly Western nations.

What Does the UN Human Rights Council Do?

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is a UN body whose mission is to promote and protect human rights around the world.

The Council investigates breaches of human rights in UN member states and member countries address big picture human rights issues.

How Does the UN Human Rights Council Work?

The Council consists of 47 members, elected yearly by the General Assembly for staggered three-year terms.

Using the UN regional grouping system, members are selected to represent a diverse and fair mix of countries from around the world. Until its suspension, Russia was one of the two countries representing Eastern Europe, along with Ukraine.

Members are eligible for re-election for one additional term, after which they relinquish their seat.

Where does this data come from?

Source: The United Nations

Correction: An earlier version of this graphic had a Colombian flag in the “abstain” section. It has been replaced with the correct flag, Cambodia. Austria was also erroneously grouped with NATO countries.

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