GENEVA — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called on the UN’s top human rights body to hold Russia accountable for its invasion of Ukraine.
The top US diplomat also pointed the finger at Russia in recorded remarks to the Human Rights Council for the crackdown in the country, citing reports that thousands of protesters in Russia who opposed the invasion had been arrested.
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Blinken on Tuesday urged the council to send a message asking Russian President Vladimir Putin to unconditionally stop the “unprovoked attack” and withdraw his forces from Ukraine.
“We must strongly and unequivocally condemn Russia’s attempt to overthrow a democratically elected government and its flagrant violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, and we must take action to hold the perpetrators accountable,” he said. he declared.
The comments came as the United States returned to its seat on the council, which had been abandoned under President Donald Trump, who alleged the 47-member state body was too accepting of autocratic governments and too biased against Israel.