Countries will have to ‘justify’ Veto Votes at UN
The 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution calling on the five permanent members of the Security Council to justify the use of the veto.
The move was for reform in the United Nations security council in the light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The United States, China, Russia, France and Britain have veto power
What is the Veto Power at the UN ?
The veto power of the United Nations Security Council is the power of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to veto any “substantive” resolution.
Any member abstaining from voting cannot prevent the draft resolution from being passed.
Procedural votes are not counted for the exercise of veto power.
One of the major uses of veto power may be to block the selection of the Secretary General of the Council.
Issues with Veto Power
The veto power is controversial.
Supporters see it as a promoter of international stability, a check against military interference, and an important safeguard against US domination.
Critics say the veto is the most undemocratic element of the United Nations, as well as the main cause of inaction on war crimes and crimes against humanity.
It effectively prevents UN action against permanent members and their allies.
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