Administration of US President Biden(78) is keen to rejoin the United Nations Human Rights Council, three years after former President Trump abruptly withdrew over what his administration called Israel bias and lack of reform.
Antony Blinken, Secretary of State is going to announce on Monday that the United States will return as an observer to the UNHR Council based in Geneva, a senior official of the Department Of state said on Sunday.
“We knew the Council has the ability to be an essential platform for those around the world who are battling dictatorship and inequality”. The official said that by being present at the table, we are trying to change it to ensuring that it will live up to that potential.
In 2018, Trump, whose “America First” policy attributed to his decisions to withdraw from various international organizations and agreements, left the Human Rights Council over what it called chronic discrimination against Israel and a lack of reform.
U.N. General Assembly is due later this year to elect new representatives to the Council. Members shall be elected for a term of three years and can serve no more than two consecutive terms. In order to ensure fair representation, candidates are chosen by secret ballots in geographical groups.
The next session of the Geneva-based 47-member council is expected to begin later this month.