Estonia's president and politicians welcomed the United Nations General Assembly's decision to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council on Thursday over its war in Ukraine. Estonia voted in favor.
President Alar Karis said Estonia welcomes the decision: "Russia is violating human rights in [the] most brutal way every single day."
Russia is violating human rights in most brutal way every single day. We welcome the decision to suspend Russia from UN HRC!— Alar Karis (@AlarKaris) April 7, 2022
Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) said Russia must be isolated in "every possible way" as it continues its "brutal war" against Ukraine.
"The world's message to the Kremlin: atrocities bring consequences & aggressors have no place on the global stage," she wrote on social media.
The @UN General Assembly suspends #Russia from the Human Rights Council.— Kaja Kallas (@kajakallas) April 7, 2022
The world's message to the Kremlin: atrocities bring consequences & aggressors have no place on the global stage.
We'll keep isolating in every possible way as its brutal war against Ukraine continues. pic.twitter.com/1pqXDlghqr
In a statement following the vote, Minister of Foreign Affairs Eva-Maria Liimets (Center) said: "The war crimes, crimes against humanity and endless human suffering caused by Russia in Ukraine leave no other choice. Russia's disturbing actions of torturing and killing civilians, including women and children, and their complete disregard for international humanitarian law cannot go without international condemnation."
She said Estonia is contributing "in every way possible to the documentation and investigation of Russia's crimes".
Estonia is among the 93 countries voted ✅ on suspending Russia from @UN_HRC over #Ukraine. This is the only credible outcome in reacting to Russia's deliberate killing & torturing of civilians in #Ukraine. #StandWithUkraine #StopWar pic.twitter.com/xQ68AbZ6zn— Eva-Maria Liimets (@eliimets) April 7, 2022
On Thursday, the assembly voted in favor of suspending Russia from the Human Rights Council with a majority of 93. There were 58 abstentions and 24 countries, including China, Syria, and Belarus, were against the motion.
It follows allegations of war crimes by Russian troops in Ukraine.
Editor: Helen Wright