The United States is returning to the United Nations Council – with demands from Israel

It has been nearly three years since the United States, then ruled by Donald Trump, left the UN Human Rights Council with fanfare. The United States is now competing for re-election to the Geneva-based council.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.picture: Evan Fauci / AP / TT

We humbly request the support of all United Nations members for our candidacy for a seat on the Council, as Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a videotaped speech.

At the same time, Blinken is urging the Human Rights Council to review its work, particularly its “disproportionate focus” on Israel, which is allied with Washington.

“Chronic bias” in the Israeli-Palestinian issue was one of the reasons given by then US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley when the country left the Council in 2018. The Palestine issue is the only recurring item on the council’s agenda.

Blinken’s actions help fulfill President Joe Biden’s campaign promise to re-establish the United States’ role as a global leader and return to global cooperation.

The United Nations General Assembly will elect new members for the term from 2022 to 2024 to the 47-nation council in October.

The council, which was formed in 2006, has encountered some credibility problems over the years. This was especially the case in 2013 when China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Cuba – all of which were heavily criticized by human rights organizations – were simultaneously elected.

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