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Iran says resolution on Russia suspension from UNHRC politically driven

Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi said the UN General Assembly’s draft resolution to suspend Russia’s membership from Human Rights Council was politically-motivated.

Takht Ravanchi noted that the draft resolution is damaging the UN’s impartiality.

Iran attaches considerable importance to improving and safeguarding human rights, the Iranian diplomat stated, adding that using the UN’s human rights mechanism for political goals contrasted with the principle of universality and non-selective addressing of human rights issues.

Human rights should not be victimized for short-sighted political considerations, he continued.

UNHRC membership should not be based on politics, he underlined, adding that sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries should be fully respected and security of civilians should be ensured.

He also voiced deep concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Ukraine which has drawn international attention.

The United Nations General Assembly has voted to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) over what it called the “gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights” by Russian troops in Ukraine. The UN-initiated resolution garnered 93 votes in favor on Thursday, while 24 countries voted against and 58 countries abstained.

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