U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken issued a statement on the U.S. decision to seek election to the UN Human Rights Council.
“The United States is committed to a world in which human rights are protected, their defenders exalted, and their violators, held accountable,” Blinken stressed. We cannot stand up for respect for human rights alone. The best way to do that is to work with our allies and partners around the world. President Biden is committed to a foreign policy that integrates our democratic values with our diplomatic leadership and focuses on protecting democracy and human rights.”
“The administration took an important step in that direction today by announcing its intention to seek election to the UN Human Rights Council, beginning in January 2022,” the foreign policy chief continued. – The United States has long been a champion of human rights. If elected to the Human Rights Council, we will seize this opportunity to be a leading voice on the Council to advance respect for human rights.”
“The Human Rights Council is an important multilateral forum for promoting international human rights efforts and plays an important role in bringing accountability for human rights violations. From investigating abuses in Syria and North Korea to promoting the human rights of women, LGBTQI, and other minorities, and combating racism and religious persecution, the Human Rights Council should support those who fight against injustice and tyranny,” Blinken emphasized.
“We also recognize the problems that exist in the Council, including the unacceptable bias against Israel and the membership rules that allow countries with abysmal human rights records to occupy seats they do not deserve,” the U.S. secretary of state recalled. “However,” he noted, “in order to make improvements and build on the important work of the Council, it is most effective to be a member.
“We seek to return to the Human Rights Council to work shoulder-to-shoulder with our allies and partners in making sure that this important body lives up to its stated purpose. We do so with a determination to listen, learn and work to create a world where human rights are respected everywhere,” said the U.S. Secretary of State.