UN sets up inquiry into Russia's alleged rights abuses in Ukraine

A special session of the UN Human Rights Council on Ukraine is under way in Geneva, on May 12, 2022. PHOTO: AFP

GENEVA (REUTERS) - The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday (May 12) passed a resolution by a strong majority, setting up an investigation into allegations of rights abuses by Russian troops in parts of Ukraine formerly under their control.

The Geneva-based Council passed the resolution through a vote, with 33 members voting in favour and 2 against including China and Eritrea.

There were 12 abstentions.

Russia was recently suspended from the 47-member Council.

However, it could still have joined the session as an observer but chose not to do so in protest at the resolution which it said amounted to political score-settling.

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