Czech Republic replaces Russia on UN Human Rights Council

May 10, 2022: According to a report by Anadolu Agency, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted on Tuesday to elect the Czech Republic to the Human Rights Council (HRC) following Russia’s suspension from the body over its war in Ukraine.

The Czech Republic received 157 votes cast by UN member states with 23 countries opting to abstain. The Czech Republic was the only candidate, and a majority of 97 votes was required.

Russia was removed from the HRC by the General Assembly in early April in a 93-24 vote that included 58 abstentions. The vote came in the wake of visual evidence that appeared to demonstrate mass atrocities committed by Russian forces prior to their withdrawal from northern Ukraine, particularly in the suburbs of the national capital.

An international investigation is ongoing, but the images appear to depict war crimes committed against civilians with victims appearing to have been shot in the head with their hands bound while others were seen partially buried in mass graves. Still, some corpses were left to rot in the streets or were badly burned in an apparent attempt at a cover-up.

Ukrainian authorities alleged on April 1 that Russian forces killed more than 300 civilians in the city of Bucha, accusing the Kremlin of pursuing a policy of “genocide” against Ukrainians.

Russia has rejected the allegations as “fake news.”

Russia said it withdrew from the HRC after the assembly voted for its removal.

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