The United States on Monday announced its intention to re-engage with the UN Human Rights Council, marking a break with a Trump administration that slammed the door in 2018 by accusing it of hypocrisy, particularly against Israel.
“The President has instructed the State Department to act immediately and vigorously,” said US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in a statement in the UN Human Rights Council.
“We know the Human Rights Council is a flawed body that needs to reform its program, membership and priorities, including the disproportionate attention it pays to Israel,” he said. Mr. Blinken.
It can be an important forum for those fighting injustice and tyranny
“In order to address the council’s shortcomings and ensure that it fulfills its mandate, the United States must be present at the table and use the full weight of our leadership in this matter. Diplomacy,” Blinken said, marking the break with a Trump- Administration that had mostly opted for the empty chair policy.
“We do it because we know that the most effective way to reform and improve the council is to work with it at the level of principle,” said American business partner Mark Cassayre earlier in a message during a board meeting via video conference.
“If it works the way it should, the Human Rights Council highlights countries with the worst human rights records and can be an important forum for those who fight against injustice and tyranny,” said Blinken.
The United States will therefore play its role again with its observer status “and in this role will have the opportunity to turn to the Council, take part in negotiations and ally with others to introduce resolutions,” said the head of diplomacy.
“We firmly believe that positive change is within reach when the United States participates constructively in the work of the Council with our allies and friends,” he added.
The Geneva-based Human Rights Council is “responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights in the world” and also has the task of “dealing with situations of human rights violations. Making human rights and recommendations on them”. The council consists of 47 member states, some of which are regularly denounced for human rights violations and which are elected by the General Assembly of the United Nations.