The UN General Assembly re-elected the United States to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council on Thursday, more than three years after Washington withdrew from the 47-member body accused of chronic anti-Israel and lack of reforms during the Trump administration. into the MTI.
In the 193-member General Assembly, 168 people supported the re-membership of the United States without a vote against. Washington’s three-year term begins on January 1, while that of Russia and China has already begun this year.
U.S. President Joe Biden, who took office in January, said human rights are at the heart of his foreign policy and his government is not afraid to criticize China for its policies on Hong Kong, Xinjiang Uyghur and Taiwan, just as it does not refrain from criticizing Russia.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Permanent Representative to New York, said:
Our goal is clear: to stand up for human rights defenders and to raise our voices against human rights violations and abuses.
U.S. Senator Jim Risch, a senior Republican politician on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, criticized Democrat Biden’s decision to join a “scrap body,” as he put it.
The United States should not give legitimacy to a body with human rights violators such as China, Venezuela and Cuba
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On Thursday, the General Assembly elected Kazakhstan, The Gambia, Benin, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Paraguay, Honduras, Luxembourg, Finland, Montenegro and Lithuania, and re-elected Cameroon, Eritrea, Somalia, India, as members of the Human Rights Council.