Statement by President Joe Biden on the UN vote to exclude Russia from the Human Rights Council

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I welcome the overwhelming vote today in the United Nations General Assembly to kick Russia out of the UN Human Rights Council. This is a significant move by the international community, further demonstrating how Putin’s war has turned Russia into an international pariah.

The United States has worked closely with our allies and partners around the world to advance this vote because of gross and systematic human rights abuses by Russia. Russian armed forces commit war crimes. Russia has no place in the Human Rights Council. After today’s historic vote, Russia will not be able to participate in the Council’s work or spread its disinformation there, as the Council’s Commission of Inquiry investigates Russia’s violations and abuses of human rights in Ukraine.

The images we see from Bucha and other areas of Ukraine as Russian troops retreat are chilling. The signs of people being raped, tortured, executed – in some cases with bodies desecrated – are an outrage to our common humanity. Russia’s lies are no match for the indisputable evidence of what is happening in Ukraine. For this reason, nations in all regions condemn Russia’s unprovoked and brutal aggression against Ukraine and support the courageous Ukrainian people in their struggle for freedom. And we will continue to work with responsible nations around the world to gather evidence to hold Russia accountable for the atrocities committed, increase pressure on Russia’s economy, and isolate Russia on the international stage.

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