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India abstains from vote on UNHRC

Once again, India abstained from a vote on a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution for a probe into alleged human rights violations by Russian troops during the ongoing invasion of Ukraine on March 4.

The news: India on Friday abstained from a vote at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva as the Council decided to set up an international commission of enquiry into Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

  • Since the procedural vote began in the Security Council in late January for a discussion on Ukraine, India has abstained from six votes on Ukraine-related issues, including resolutions in the Security Council, General Assembly and Human Rights Council.
  • Along with China and Pakistan, India was one of the 13 countries that abstained from voting. The UNHRC’s 47-member body passed the resolution with 32 votes in favour.
  • Thirty-two countries voted for the resolution asking the HRC president to appoint three human rights experts for a year and mandated them to investigate all the alleged violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, and related crimes, in the context of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine.
  • India did not speak after the vote, however Permanent Representative of India to the UN in Geneva, Indramani Pandey addressed the Council’s “urgent debate” on the human rights situation prior to the vote on Thursday.
  • “We call for respect and protection of human rights of people in Ukraine and safe humanitarian access to conflict zones, India was deeply concerned about the safety and security of Indian nationals stranded in Ukraine,” Pandey had said on Thursday.
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