Czechia looks to replace Russia in UN Human Rights Council

“Russia must be held accountable for aggression, human suffering and destruction in Ukraine. That is why its membership of the UN Human Rights Council has been suspended,” the Czech foreign ministry said.  [EPA-EFE/DUMITRU DORU]

The Czech Republic wants to take Russia’s place in the UN Human Rights Council, the foreign ministry confirmed on Twitter.

At the start of April, Russia was suspended from the Human Rights Council in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine and the emergence of evidence of war crimes and widespread atrocities. Shortly after the suspension, Moscow announced it quit the international body.

“Russia must be held accountable for aggression, human suffering and destruction in Ukraine. That is why its membership of the UN Human Rights Council has been suspended,” the Czech foreign ministry said.

“The Czech Republic wants to replace Russia in the Council, we have just submitted our candidacy. The promotion of human rights is a priority of the Czech government,” the office said.

The ministry has already presented a list of voluntary commitments for its potential membership in the UN Human Rights Council. For example, the ministry promised adequate and timely response to human rights violations “wherever they occur”.

The country also wants to promote a human-centric approach to digital technologies and support the free press. “The Czech Republic will also promote the freedom of expression and information, both online and offline, as a gateway to the enjoyment of a wider range of human rights and support free and independent media,” the foreign ministry said.

The UN Human Rights Council is a 47-nation UN body that aims to promote and protect human rights worldwide and deals with cases of human rights violations.

. (Aneta Zachová | EURACTIV.cz)

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