UNITED NATIONS, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday elected the United States to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, greater than three years after the Trump administration stop the 47-member physique over what it known as power bias towards Israel and an absence of reform.
The United States, which was unopposed, acquired 168 votes within the secret poll by the 193-member General Assembly. It begins a three-year time period on Jan. 1 – pitting Washington towards Beijing and Moscow, who started council phrases this yr.
U.S. President Joe Biden took workplace in January pledging that human rights could be the middle of his overseas coverage and his administration has not shied away from criticizing China over Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Taiwan and calling out Russia.
But a Reuters overview of the Biden administration’s document up to now confirmed considerations over human rights in different international locations had a number of instances been pushed apart in favor of nationwide safety priorities and engagement with overseas powers. learn extra
“The U.S. will have an opportunity to demonstrate just how serious the Biden administration is about making human rights central to its domestic and foreign policies,” mentioned Human Rights Watch U.N. Director Louis Charbonneau. “With a lot of missteps so far, they should use their time on the council to promote human rights among friends and foes alike.”
Human Rights Council candidates are elected in geographical teams to guarantee even illustration. There have been no aggressive races on Thursday to elect 13 new members and re-elect 5 members. Members can not serve greater than two consecutive phrases.
The General Assembly additionally elected Kazakhstan, Gambia, Benin, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Paraguay, Honduras, Luxembourg, Finland, Montenegro and Lithuania and re-elected Cameroon, Eritrea, Somalia, India and Argentina on Thursday.
The United States acquired the second lowest variety of votes, beating out solely Eritrea, which acquired 144 votes.
Editing by Alistair Bell