Situation of human rights in the Russian Federation

Year

2023

UN Body

Human Rights Council

Session

54

Session Type

Regular

Agenda Item

4

Country Concerned

Russia

Condemnatory

Yes

Analysis

  • This resolution expresses grave concern about the deterioration of human rights in Russia. Among other violations, the resolution criticizes extrajudicial detention of governmengt critics, arbitrary arrests, crackdowns on civili society, lack of independence of the judiciary, and denial of the right to a fair trial.
  • The resolution urges Russia to comply with its obligations under international law. It also extends the mandate of the Special Rapporteur.
  • Moreover, the resolution was adopted under Item 4, the primary framework for addressing country-specific human rights situations, signaling criticism.

Main Sponsors

Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden

Vote

Yes - 18, No - 7, Abstain - 22, Absent - 0

Key Praise

None

Key Criticism

  • "Gravely concerned at the continued significant deterioration of the situation of human rights in the Russian Federation, in particular with regard to reports of the extrajudicial killing of government critics and severe restrictions on the rights to freedoms of opinion and expression, peaceful assembly and association, both online and offline, to silence dissent, anti-war expression and other peaceful activities vital for the functioning of a democratic society,..."
  • "Expressing its deep concern at the reported mass arbitrary arrests, detentions and harassment of the persons referred to in the previous paragraph, including persons peacefully protesting and speaking out against the deterioration of the rule of law in the Russian Federation and the war of aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine…"
  • "Expressing its deep concern at the reported mass arbitrary arrests, detentions and harassment of the persons referred to in the previous paragraph, including persons peacefully protesting and speaking out against the deterioration of the rule of law in the Russian Federation and the war of aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, and the excessive use of force against these individuals…"
  • "Expressing its concern at the mass forced shutdowns of civil society organizations…"
  • "Noting with deep concern legislative measures to increasingly restrict the freedoms of peaceful assembly, association and expression…"
  • "Strongly urges the Russian authorities to comply with all of the State’s obligations under international human rights law."
  • "Calls upon the Russian authorities to uphold the fundamental freedoms of thought, conscience, religion or belief, opinion and expression, peaceful assembly and association…"
  • "Decides to extend the mandate of Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Russian Federation…"

Full Vote

  • Yes18

    • Argentina
    • Belgium
    • Chile
    • Costa Rica
    • Czech Republic
    • Finland
    • France
    • Gambia
    • Georgia
    • Germany
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Montenegro
    • Paraguay
    • Romania
    • Ukraine
    • United Kingdom
    • United States
  • No7

    • Bolivia
    • China
    • Cuba
    • Eritrea
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Vietnam
  • Abstain22

    • Algeria
    • Bangladesh
    • Benin
    • Cameroon
    • Ivory Coast
    • Gabon
    • Honduras
    • India
    • Malawi
    • Malaysia
    • Maldives
    • Mexico
    • Morocco
    • Nepal
    • Pakistan
    • Qatar
    • Senegal
    • Somalia
    • South Africa
    • Sudan
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Uzbekistan
  • Absent0