Russia-Ukraine struggle: India abstains on UNHRC decision to research human rights violations, crimes

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Geneva/United Nations, Mar 4: India on Friday abstained within the UN Human Rights Council on a vote to urgently set up an impartial worldwide fee of inquiry to research alleged human rights violations and associated crimes following Russia’s army operation in Ukraine. The 47-member Council voted on a draft decision on the ‘State of affairs of human rights in Ukraine stemming from the Russian aggression.’

Russia-Ukraine war: India abstains on UNHRC resolution to investigate human rights violations, crimes

The decision was adopted with 32 votes in favour, two in opposition to (Russia and Eritrea) and 13 abstentions, together with India, China, Pakistan, Sudan and Venezuela. The international locations voting in favour included France, Germany, Japan, Nepal, UAE, UK and the US. The decision, which strongly condemned Russia’s aggression in opposition to Ukraine, decides to “urgently establish an independent international commission of inquiry” to “investigate all 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, and to establish the facts, circumstances, and root causes of any such violations and abuses.”

A day earlier than the decision was adopted, India stated on the Pressing Debate Thursday concerning the human rights state of affairs in Ukraine on the forty ninth Human Rights Council Session in Geneva that it’s drastically involved over the steadily worsening humanitarian state of affairs in Ukraine. India urged for an instantaneous cessation of violence and an finish to hostilities. “No solution can ever be arrived at the cost of human lives. Dialogue and diplomacy are the only solution for settling differences and disputes,” India stated.

India referred to as for respect and safety of human rights of individuals in Ukraine and secure humanitarian entry to battle zones. “We are also deeply concerned over the safety and security of thousands of Indian nationals, including young Indian students, who are still stranded in Ukraine. We are working together with neighboring States for their evacuation,” it stated.

Three human rights consultants will likely be appointed to the Fee of Inquiry by the President of the Human Rights Council for an preliminary length of 1 yr. The Fee will likely be mandated to “identify, where possible, those individuals and entities responsible for violations or abuses of human rights or violations of international humanitarian law, or other related crimes, in Ukraine, with a view to ensuring that those responsible are held accountable.’

The resolution expressed grave concern at the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and calls on Russia to “instantly finish its human rights violations and abuses and violations of worldwide humanitarian legislation in Ukraine”. It also calls for the “swift and verifiable” withdrawal of Russian troops and Russian-backed armed groups from the entire territory of Ukraine, within its internationally recognised borders.

India has abstained on two resolutions on Ukraine in the 15-nation Security Council and one in the 193-member General Assembly in the last one week. The UN General Assembly this week overwhelmingly voted to condemn Russian aggression against Ukraine and demanded that Moscow “utterly and unconditionally” withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine. India abstained on the resolution, which received 141 votes in favour, five against and a total of 35 abstentions. PTI

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