The United States has officially announced its intention to seek election to the United Nations Human Rights Council. according to Foreign Minister Antony Blinken.
“Today the government has taken an important step in this direction by announcing the US intention to seek an election for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council from January 2022. The United States has long been a human rights advocate. If we are elected to the Human Rights Council, we will take the opportunity to be a leading voice within the Council to promote respect for human rights, ”he said in a statement.
Blinken noted that the Council had an "unacceptable bias towards Israel" which is a valuable ally of the US, but acknowledged that improving relations in the Council is paramount.
"But improving the council and developing its critical work is best done with a seat at the table," he said. “We want to return to the Human Rights Council to go hand in hand with our allies and partners to ensure that this important body serves its purpose. We are determined to listen, learn, and work towards a world where human rights are generally respected. "
The Trump administration withdrew from the Human Rights Council in 2018. The United States joined Eritrea, North Korea and Iran as the only nations that did not participate in the Human Rights Council.
So at the time, Nikki Haley The American ambassador to the United Nations said the United States would separate itself from the organization based on resolutions passed against Israel.
"At the beginning of this year, as in previous years, the Human Rights Council passed five resolutions against Israel – more than against North Korea, Iran and Syria combined," she said. "This disproportionate orientation and unending hostility towards Israel is clear evidence that the Council is motivated by political prejudice, not human rights."
"If the Human Rights Council is to attack countries that uphold human rights and protect countries that abuse human rights, America should not give it credibility," she added.
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