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  • Trump administration withdrew as a member of the council in June 2018
  • The administration accused it of getting a “chronic anti-Israel bias”
  • We recognise that Human Rights Council is a “flawed body”, says US

GENEVA: The US stated Monday it will return as an observer to the UN Human Rights Council, which it give up beneath the Trump administration whereas in search of reforms of the “flawed body”.

The Trump administration withdrew as a member of the 47-member state council in June 2018, accusing the discussion board of getting a “chronic anti-Israel bias”.

The announcement, made by Mark Cassayre, US cost d’affaires on the US mission to the United Nations in Geneva, was adopted by a press release issued in Washington by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“The Biden administration has recommitted the United States to a foreign policy centred on democracy, human rights, and equality. Effective use of multilateral tools is an important element of that vision, and in that regard, the President has instructed the Department of State to re-engage immediately and robustly with the UN Human Rights Council,” Blinken stated.

The discussion board, arrange in 2006, has a everlasting standing agenda merchandise on suspected violations dedicated by Israel within the occupied Palestinian territories, which Washington has lengthy wished eliminated.

“We recognise that the Human Rights Council is a flawed body, in need of reform to its agenda, membership, and focus, including its disproportionate focus on Israel. However, our withdrawal in June 2018 did nothing to encourage meaningful change, but instead created a vacuum of US leadership, which countries with authoritarian agendas have used to their advantage,” Blinken stated.

The opposite UN Safety Council everlasting members – Britain, China, France and Russia – now sit on the council, whose members are elected by the UN Basic Meeting.

Since quitting, the US delegation has attended solely evaluations to look at the human rights data of all UN member states – not the council’s common classes held thrice a yr. Its predominant annual session opens on Feb. 22.

“While recognising the Council’s flaws, we know that this body has the potential to be an important forum for those fighting tyranny and injustice around the world. By being present at the table, we seek to ensure it can live up to that potential,” Cassayre stated on Monday.

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