US re-elected to UN Human Rights Council, State Department announced ThursdayThree years later, former President Trump pulled out of the panel, citing bias against Israel.
Flashback: The Biden administration announced in February that it planned to rejoin the council, acknowledging what it called “unacceptable bias against Israel”, but arguing that being a member would give the US its own It will help in furtherance of interests.
Background: Council . made of 47 countries and says it is responsible for “promoting and protecting all human rights around the world”.
- Council has received Bipartisan criticism of the US Congress, and the Biden administration has denounced its “membership rules that allow countries with tyrannical human rights records to hold seats.”
- China, Russia and others were elected to the council in 2020 despite the two countries being widely condemned for human rights abuses.
What are they saying: “The United States stands ready to work with partners and allies to help lead the world toward a more peaceful, prosperous future that respects human dignity,” President Biden wrote in a statement Thursday. .
“Together, we will stand up for the rights of all, including women and girls, members of LGBTQI+ communities, members of ethnic and religious minorities, people with disabilities and members of other marginalized groups.
“We will promote accountability for governments that violate human rights. And we will stand and continue to work tirelessly in solidarity with activists, human rights defenders and peaceful protesters on the front lines of the struggle between freedom and tyranny. “
— President Biden Inn a statement
Secretary of State Antony Blinken Thursday’s announcement said the US would “backtrack against attempts to destroy the ideals upon which the Human Rights Council was founded, in which every individual is endowed with human rights and states are obliged to protect those rights.” “
What will happen next: The US term will begin on January 1, 2022 and will last for three years.
Editor’s note: This post was updated to include comments from a statement from President Biden.