The United States wants to join the United Nations Human Rights Council as an observer. By engaging with the Council again, US President Joe Biden has bucked America’s policy first of his predecessor, Donald Trump.
Three years ago, President Trump withdrew from the Human Rights Council. According to him, the organization was biased against Israel and did not implement adequate reforms. Biden reverses that decision by communicating with the Human Rights Council again.
“We know the council has the potential to be an important forum for those fighting tyranny and injustice around the world. By sitting at the table, we are trying to fix it and make sure that it can fulfill this potential,” an official said on Sunday. (Local time) on behalf of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
The 193-member UN General Assembly will elect new members to the council later this year. Members are elected for a term of three years and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.
The next session of the 47-member council will begin in Geneva later this month.
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