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UN approves Czech Republic to replace Russia on Human Rights Council

This article was originally published by Radio Free /Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

The UN General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly for the to replace on the , the world organization’s leading human rights body.

The vote was 157 countries in favor and 23 abstentions.

The Czech Republic was the only candidate for the seat left vacant when the General Assembly voted to suspend Russia over “gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights” by invading Russian troops in Ukraine.

Seats on the 47-member Geneva-based council are divided among regional groups and a replacement for Russia had to come from an East European country.

Russia was suspended from the council last month by a vote in the General Assembly after which Russian Deputy Ambassador Gennady Kuzmin said Russia had withdrawn from the council before the vote.

The council is scheduled to hold a

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