India today abstained yet again from voting either against Russia or from condoning its attack on Ukraine in a vote at the UN Human Rights Council that decided to urgently establish an independent international commission of inquiry into the conflict. The 47-member council voted on a draft resolution on the situation of human rights in Ukraine. The resolution was adopted with 32 votes in favour, two against (Russia and Eritrea) and 13 abstentions, including India, China, Pakistan, Sudan and Venezuela.
The countries voting in favour included France, Germany, Japan, Nepal, the UAE, the UK and the US.
“The Human Rights Council has decided to urgently establish an independent international commission of inquiry as a result of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine,” the Council tweeted.
India has abstained on two resolutions on Ukraine in the 15-nation Security Council and one in the 193-member General Assembly in the last one week.
The UN General Assembly this week overwhelmingly voted to condemn Russian aggression against Ukraine and demanded that Moscow “completely and unconditionally” withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine. India abstained on the resolution, which received 141 votes in favour, five against and a total of 35 abstentions.
The same decision across the pollings at the UNSC, UNGA and now UNHRC makes it clear India can vote neither against its long-term ally Russia nor condone its attack on Ukraine. Explaining its abstention, India’s permanent representative at the UN, TS Tirumurti said, “India is deeply disturbed by the recent turn of events in Ukraine.”
In its EOV, India called for a return to the path of diplomacy and urged all member states to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of every country. It appealed to all concerned parties to immediately stop violence and hostilities and referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s conversation with President Putin urging the same.