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The U.N.’s high human rights physique has agreed to resume the work of an impartial professional who has reported on deteriorating human rights situations in Russia after President Vladimir Putin launched all-out battle on Ukraine final yr

ByThe Related Press

October 12, 2023, 11:58 AM

GENEVA — The U.N.’s high human rights physique agreed Thursday to resume the work of an impartial professional who has reported on deteriorating human rights situations in Russia after President Vladimir Putin launched his battle on Ukraine final yr.

The Human Rights Council voted 18 to 7, with 22 abstentions, to increase for a yr the mandate of the impartial U.N. particular rapporteur on the rights scenario in Russia.

The vote, marked by a excessive variety of abstentions, comes after the U.N. Basic Meeting rejected Russia’s bid to rejoin the council on Tuesday. Russia’s membership was suspended final yr after the Russian army invasion of Ukraine.

Final month, the rapporteur, Mariana Katzarova, issued her first report, warning the rights scenario in Russia has “considerably deteriorated” since Putin launched his battle in opposition to Ukraine in February final yr.

A separate probe by U.N.-backed investigators wanting into rights abuses in reference to the battle in Ukraine has accused Russia of battle crimes.



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