The UN finally did something useful about Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine, as the General Assembly on Thursday voted to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council. The vote is one of many signs this week that the discovery of probable Russian war crimes in Ukraine is causing bigger problems for the Kremlin.
The UN vote was 93 to 24, more than the necessary two-thirds majority. The practical effect is negligible, but the symbolism counts for something when Russia is excluded from a Human Rights Council that includes countries like Venezuela, Cuba and China. Apparently the Kremlin is too embarrassing as an arbiter of human rights, even for the UN