U.S. returns to UN Human Rights Council

U.S. returns to UN Human Rights Council

The U.

N.

General Assembly on Thursday elected the United States to the Human Rights Council, following its withdrawal in June 2018.

The United States was elected along with 17 other countries for a three-year term beginning on Jan.

1, 2022.

The United States under the administration of Donald Trump withdrew from the Geneva-based Human Rights Council in June 2018, accusing the council of being a hypocritical and self-serving organization and biased against Israel.

The U.

S.

seat was later taken by Iceland in a by-election.

Secretary of State, Antony Blinken said in a statement that, “The U.

S.

withdrawal in 2018 did nothing to encourage meaningful change, but instead created a vacuum of U.

S.

leadership.


In Thursday’s vote through secret ballot, the United States won 168 out of the 193 votes.

In the same regional group, Finland and Luxembourg won 180 votes respectively.

Of all the 18 candidates, the United States won the second-lowest number of votes, only before Eritrea, which got 144 votes.

“The UN Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world.


It has 47 members, about a third of which are replaced every year so that the council members serve staggered three-year terms for the sake of continuity.

Seats of the UN Human Rights Council are allocated on a regional group basis, 13 each for Africa and the Asia-Pacific, eight for Latin America and the Caribbean, seven for Western Europe and other states, six for Eastern Europe.

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