IslamNews – Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday that the United States would seek a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, where Washington would counter what he called the rights body’s “unacceptable bias against Israel.”
“I’m here to reaffirm America’s commitment to respect and defend the human rights of all people, everywhere,” Blinken told the 47-member body in a video.
“I’m pleased to announce the United States will seek election to the Human Rights Council for the 2022-24 term,” Blinken told the council in a video message.
“We humbly ask for the support of all UN member states in our bid to return to a seat in this body.”
Annual elections for three-year membership on the 47-member council are scheduled to be held at the UN General Assembly in October. Britain, China and Russia are among current members. Each year, roughly 15 new members are voted in, to replace those whose terms are complete.