Russia kicked off UN Human Rights Council, Cuba and Venezuela should be next

If Russia doesn’t belong on the UN Human Rights Council, Cuba and Venezuela definitely have no business being there.

Via the Center for a FREE Cuba:

Russia ousted from UN Human Rights Council. Making the case for Cuba, and others to be expelled.

The Russian Federation was suspended from the UN Human Rights Council today by the UN General Assembly in a vote of 93 in favor of suspension, 58 abstentions, and 24 against. Cuba was one of 24 countries together with China, Belarus, Eritrea, and Nicaragua that voted against Russia’s suspension today. Grounds for the suspension were based on “reports of ‘gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights’ in Ukraine, prompting Moscow to announce it was quitting the body.”

This is the second time that a UN Human Rights Council member has been voted off the body. “Libya was suspended in 2011 because of violence against protesters by forces loyal to then-leader Muammar Gaddafi,” reported Reuters today.

It was UN Watch that early on circulated a draft resolution for the UN General Assembly to remove Russia from the Human Rights Council, which the watchdog group entered into the record in testimony before the 47-nation body. In less than 24 hours, more than 120,000 people endorsed UN Watch’s call to remove Russia. Today’s vote would not have happened without the initiative of this Geneva based organization.

On April 5, 2022 at the opening of the 2022 Geneva Summit, the closing speaker Rosa María Payá, recognized that Russia’s suspension from the UN Human Rights Council would shortly be put up for a vote before the UN General Assembly. She then called for Cuba and other dictatorships present on the UN Human Rights Council to be subjected to the same process. Below is her statement.

It is important to remember that the Castro regime’s president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, ordered forces loyal to him to go out into the streets to carry out violence against protesters. Videos emerged of government agents brutalizing unarmed protesters, and this included police and paramilitaries firing live rounds against them. Based on the grounds that led to Libya’s suspension from the UN Human Rights Council in 2011, Cuba should also be suspended.

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