​​Situation of human rights in Ukraine stemming from the Russian aggression

Year

2024

UN Body

Human Rights Council

Session

55

Session Type

HRC Regular

Agenda Item

4

Country Concerned

Russia

Condemnatory

Yes

Analysis

  • This Ukraine-sponsored resolution strongly condemns Russia's violations in its war on Ukraine and calls on Russia to immediately cease its violations and swiftly withdraw. It also renews the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry.
  • Russia refused to speak during the debate and its ally China voted against the resolution.
  • Moreover, the resolution was adopted under Item 4, the primary framework for addressing country-specific human rights situations, signaling criticism.

Main Sponsors

Ukraine

Vote

Yes - 27, No - 3, Abstain - 17, Absent - 0

Key Praise

None

Key Criticism

  • "Condemns in the strongest possible terms the human rights violations and abuses and violations of international humanitarian law resulting from the aggression against Ukraine by the Russian Federation."
  • "Calls upon the Russian Federation to immediately end its human rights violations and abuses and violations of international humanitarian law in Ukraine, including in the temporarily controlled or occupied territories of Ukraine, and calls for the strict observance of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and for the protection of civilians and critical civilian infrastructure in Ukraine."
  • "Calls for the swift and verifiable withdrawal of Russian Federation troops and Russian-backed armed groups from the entire territory of Ukraine, within its internationally recognized borders and its territorial waters…"
  • "Denounces the organization by the Russian Federation of illegal so-called elections in regions within the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine."
  • "Also demands that the Russian Federation immediately end the use of torture and other forms of ill treatment, including those involving sexual and gender-based violence, against both civilians and prisoners of war and that it take all possible measures to prevent such acts."
  • "Urges the Russian Federation to cease the unlawful forced transfer and deportation of civilians and other protected persons within Ukraine or to the Russian Federation, respectively, in particular children…"
  • "Strongly condemns any attacks directed against civilians as such and other protected persons and civilian objects…"
  • "Decides to extend the mandate of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine, defined by the Human Rights Council in its resolution 49/1, for a further period of one year…"

Full Vote

  • Yes27

    • Albania
    • Argentina
    • Belgium
    • Benin
    • Bulgaria
    • Chile
    • Costa Rica
    • Ivory Coast
    • Dominican Republic
    • Finland
    • France
    • Gambia
    • Georgia
    • Germany
    • Ghana
    • Indonesia
    • Japan
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Malawi
    • Malaysia
    • Montenegro
    • Netherlands
    • Paraguay
    • Romania
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United States
  • No3

    • Burundi
    • China
    • Eritrea
  • Abstain17

    • Algeria
    • Bangladesh
    • Brazil
    • Cameroon
    • Cuba
    • Honduras
    • India
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kuwait
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Maldives
    • Morocco
    • Qatar
    • Somalia
    • South Africa
    • Sudan
    • Vietnam
  • Absent0