Tag: UN Human Rights Council

US Officially Rejoins UN Human Rights Council 3 Years After Trump Pullout

The United States is returning to the United Nations Human Rights Council more than three years after Trump administration quit the 47-member body that it had branded a “protector of human rights abusers.” The U.N. General Assembly on Oct. 14 elected the United States as one of 18 new members to the Geneva-based council in…


Biden Administration Invites UN Racism Investigators to Visit US

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday that the administration has invited experts from the United Nations (U.N.) who investigate racism and minority issues to conduct an official visit to the United States. “As a first step, we have reached out to offer an official visit by the U.N. Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms…


China, Canada Spar at UN Body Over Human Rights Failings

GENEVA—Canada and 40 other countries on Tuesday urged China to allow “immediate, meaningful and unfettered access” so independent observers can visit its western Xinjiang region, while a Chinese envoy demanded that Canadian authorities “stop violations of human rights” at home. The mutual finger-pointing, which preceded admissions from Canada’s envoy about shortcomings in her country’s rights…


Biden’s Decision to Re-Engage UN Human Rights Council Met With Praise and Criticism

The Biden administration has received mixed responses from Congress over its decision to have the United States re-engage with the United Nations Human Rights Council. Under the Trump administration, the United States withdrew from the 47-member council in June 2018, noting that some of the worst human rights abusers—China, Cuba, and Venezuela—were council members. On…