These countries have fallen foul of Article 19 of the UN Charter, which states that countries will lose their UNGA vote if their “arrears equals or exceeds the amount of the contributions due from it for the preceding two full years.”
Rwanda completed a two-year stint on the Security Council on Dec. 31, 2014. It is the fifth biggest troop contributor to UN peacekeeping operations.
Minimum payments of $69,948 from Yemen and $7,636 from Rwanda are required to get their voting privileges back, according to a letter from Ban Ki-moon to the president of the General Assembly. Liberia is also listed in Ban’s letter but he has since informed the GA that Monrovia has made the necessary payment.
Macedonia is also among the countries currently without a General Assembly vote. It will have to make a minimum payment of $24,606.
The eight countries currently without a vote in the General Assembly:
4. Marshall Islands
6. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Rwanda has been assessed dues of $54, 271 for 2015 while Yemen’s dues are $271,357 for the year.
UPDATE Jan. 28: Following publication of this story, Rwanda has since made the necessary payment to restore its UNGA vote, a representative of the committee on contributions has informed UN Tribune.
- Denis Fitzgerald
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