India abstains in UN Human Rights Council vote on Russia-Ukraine crisis
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India has abstained in a vote in UN Human Rights Council, on a draft resolution against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. UNHRC has decided to urgently establish an independent international commission of inquiry.
The 47-member Council voted on a draft resolution on the situation of human rights in Ukraine. The resolution was adopted with 32 votes in favor, two against (Russia and Eritrea) and 13 abstentions, including India, China, Pakistan, Sudan, and Venezuela.
The UN General Assembly this week overwhelmingly voted to demand Russia to “completely and unconditionally” withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine. India abstained on the resolution, which received 141 votes in favor, five against, and a total of 35 abstentions.
India’s envoy to the UN T S Tirumurti had provided an Explanation of Vote (EOV) that laid out the rationale behind India’s stance in the matter. In its EOV, India called for a return to the path of diplomacy and respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states.
It appealed to all concerned parties to immediately cease violence and hostilities and referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s conversation with President Putin urging the same.
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