Draft Resolution for the UN General Assembly to adopt the Suspension of the Rights of Membership of the Russian Federation in the Human Rights Council

06.04.2022 - Press release

On April 5, several UN Member States (incl. Germany as part of the EU and its 27 Member States) requested the resumption of the 11th GA Emergency Special Session to take action on a draft resolution concerning Russia's membership in the Human Rights Council.

The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolution 60/251 of 15 March 2006, in particular paragraph 8, which states that the General Assembly may suspend the rights of membership in the Human Rights Council of a member of the Council that commits gross and systematic violations of human rights,

Noting Human Rights Council resolution 49/1 of 4 March 2022, in particular its grave concern regarding reports of “gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights” and “violations of international humanitarian law” committed by the Russian Federation during its aggression against Ukraine,

Recalling General Assembly resolutions ES-11/1 of 2 March 2022 and ES-11/2 of 24 March 2022,

Expressing grave concern at the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, particularly at the reports of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law by the Russian Federation, including gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights, and recognizing strong expressions of concern in statements by the UN Secretary General and by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and noting the latest update on the human rights situation in Ukraine of 26 March 2022 by the Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine,

  1. Decides to suspend the rights of membership in the Human Rights Council of the Russian Federation;
  2. Decides also to review the matter, as appropriate.
  3. Decides to adjourn the eleventh emergency special session of the General Assembly temporarily and to authorize the President of the General Assembly to resume its meetings upon request from Member States.
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