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U.S. to reopen dialogue with UN Human Rights Council

by Kent Covington
Posted 2/08/21, 05:59 pm

Former President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the troubled UN Human Rights Council almost three years ago when it didn’t adopt his list of reforms. But President Joe Biden plans to reengage with the panel.

Why the change? Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday that leaving the council “did nothing to encourage meaningful change, but instead created a vacuum of U.S. leadership.” The United Nations’ human rights body has long drawn criticism for overlooking abuses by autocratic regimes. It has also allowed some violators of human rights to serve as members. Critics accuse the panel of frequently, and often unfairly, targeting Israel. Blinken said that while it is a “flawed body,” when working well, it “can serve as an important forum for those fighting injustice and tyranny.” Current members of the Human Rights Council include China, Cuba, Russia, and Venezuela.

Dig deeper: Read June Cheng’s report about how China tried to defend some of its abuses before the council.

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Kent Covington

Kent is a reporter and news anchor for WORLD Radio. He spent nearly two decades in Christian and news/talk radio before joining WORLD in 2012. He resides in Atlanta, Ga. Follow him on Twitter @kentcovington.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 02/08/2021 07:04 pm

    We're back. Please abuse us more. 

    Posted: Tue, 02/09/2021 11:02 am

    Is this a bit like being in an exclusive rich man's club where you pay a lot of money to join and then abuse each other? (mostly behind your back)

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Tue, 02/09/2021 01:41 pm

    "Current members of the Human Rights Council include China, Cuba, Russia, and Venezuela."

    Nice oxymoron there.