Thailand abstained from a vote to suspend Russia from the United Nation’s Human Rights Council over its invasion on Ukraine on Thursday, April 7th, highlighting what Thailand says is its commitment to transparency, impartiality, and comprehensive approach in a multilateral regime.
Thailand joined other 58 nations, such as Brazil, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates, to abstain from the vote. The majority of 93 countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, and the United States, had voted in favor while another 24 countries, including Russia, China, North Korea, Syria, and Vietnam, had voted against the suspension.
Dr. Suriya Chindawongse, Thailand’s UN Permanent Representative, explained through a statement several reasons behind the abstention that Thailand had always prioritized a “transparent, impartial, and inclusive approach in the multilateral regime”.
The statement read: “Although the escalation of conflict in Ukraine was seriously concerning, Thailand considers that the suspension decision of a country membership must be taken after careful consultation on the basis of principles, fact checks, constructive opinions, and the anticipated consequences.”
It also urged the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNSG) to conduct an independent investigation from reliable sources to ensure responsibility and prove the allegations transparently and inclusively.
“We strongly call on all related parties to comply with international humanitarian law and international human rights laws to protect civilians and their properties as well as to ensure the provision of humanitarian assistance without discrimination. Because, another life lost is another life too many,” the explanation added.
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