The United States decided to return as an observer to the UN Human Rights Council, from which they left in 2018, during the presidency of Donald Trump.
“The Biden administration has returned the United States to a foreign policy focused on democracy, human rights and equality,” Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a statement released Monday.
The head of the foreign policy department noted that the effective use of international instruments is an important component of this foreign policy concept.
“In this regard, the President instructed the State Department to immediately and decisively restore relations with the UN Human Rights Council,” the head of American diplomacy said in a statement.
“We are aware,” the document continues, “that the Human Rights Council is an imperfect organization in need of reform in terms of agenda, membership and focus, including a disproportionate focus on Israel. However, our withdrawal (from the UN Human Rights Council – GA) in June 2018 did not contribute to significant changes. “
According to Blinken, the consequence of this step was, on the contrary, “a leadership vacuum on the part of the United States, which countries with authoritarian regimes used to their advantage.”
The secretary stressed that “a well-functioning Human Rights Council” will help to identify the state of affairs in countries where the situation with human rights is particularly difficult, and become “an important forum for those who fight against injustice and tyranny.”
“The Council can help advance fundamental freedoms around the globe, including freedom of expression and assembly, (freedom of) religion … as well as the fundamental rights of women, girls, the LGBTQI + community and other marginalized communities. To address the Council’s shortcomings and ensure that it operates as mandated, the United States must be in place, using our diplomatic leadership to the fullest, ”said Secretary of State Blinken.