Geneva, Mar 4 (EFE).- The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday approved the creation of an independent and international commission to investigate alleged human rights violations committed by Russia in its invasion of Ukraine.
A total of 32 of the Council’s 47 members voted in favor of the commission while 13 — including China, Cuba and Venezuela — abstained and only Russia and Eritrea voted against.
Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a message on Twitter: “I welcome the establishment by the #UN Human Rights Council of the International Commission of Inquiry to investigate facts of Russian war crimes against Ukraine.
“Evidence will be documented and used in international courts. Russian war criminals will be held accountable.”
In the debate leading up to the vote, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Thursday said the Russian invasion of Ukraine had caused damage to a “significant number of civilian objects, including a hospital, schools and kindergartens.”
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has forced over one million people to flee the country and internally displaced another million, the UN has said. EFE