Biden administration seeking return to UN Human Rights Council
Added 02-24-21 08:57:01am EST - “The U.S. on Wednesday officially announced its intent to seek election to the U.N. Human Rights Council after departing the body under the Trump administration, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.” - Thehill.com
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The U.S. on Wednesday officially announced its intent to seek election to the U.N. Human Rights Council after departing the body under the Trump administration, Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenSenate confirms Vilsack as Agriculture secretary On China, is Biden channeling Trump or Trump's administration? They're not the same Biden's unity effort falters MORE said.
A statement from the secretary indicated that the U.S. would hope to rejoin the council at the beginning of next year. The election of new members to the council takes place in October.
"Today, the administration took an important step in that direction by announcing the U.S. intent to seek election to a seat on the UN Human Rights Council starting in January 2022. The United States has long been a champion of human rights. If elected to the Human Rights Council, we will use the opportunity to be a leading voice within the Council for promoting respect for human rights," he said.
Blinken's statement went on to acknowledge "challenges" with the council, including accusing it of harboring "unacceptable bias against Israel," which the Trump administration cited as one reason for exiting the council in 2018.
"However, improving the Council and advancing its critical work is best done with a seat at the table," Blinken concluded. "We seek to return to the Human Rights Council to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our allies and partners to ensure that this important body lives up to its purpose. We do so with determination to listen, learn, and work toward a world in which human rights are universally respected."
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