Russia ‘launches bid to rejoin UN human rights council’

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Just last week, a United Nations report said the human rights situation in Russia had “significantly deteriorated” since its invasion of Ukraine.

Six weeks after that invasion of Ukraine, the UN General Assembly suspended Russia’s seat in the 47-member-country human rights council in Geneva.

Russia is now reportedly seeking to have themselves re-elected to the body in a vote that will be seen as a litmus test as to the level of  support the nation retains internationally.

The BBC says it has obtained a copy of the position paper Russia is circulating to UN members asking for their support in the vote next month.

The document seen by the BBC is said to include a vow from Russia to find “adequate solutions for human rights issues” and to stop the council becoming an “instrument which serves political wills of one group of countries”.

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