The United States today announced its intention to re-engage with the UN Human Rights Council, which the Donald Trump administration abandoned in 2018, accusing him of hypocrisy.
“The President (Joe Biden) instructed the State Department to get involved immediately and vigorously” at the UN Human Rights Council, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a statement.
“We are going to do this because we know that the most effective way to reform and improve the Council is to work with it on a principled basis,” said United States Chargé d’Affaires Mark Cassayre in a pre-recorded message during a Council meeting. that took place by videoconference.
Cassayre also underlined that “being present at the table, we want to ensure that (the Council) can fulfill its role (…) in the fight against tyranny and injustice”.
The United States thus reverses the decision of former President Donald Trump, who in June 2018 announced the departure of the UN Human Rights Council, based in Geneva.
“We are taking this step because our commitment does not allow us to continue to be part of a hypocritical organization in the service of its own interests, which makes human rights a joke”, accused Nikki Haley, in 2018, when he held the position of ambassador to the UN in New York, by then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Haley also accused the Council of protecting “perpetrators of human rights violations” and of being “a pit of political prejudice”.
The decision to abandon the UN Human Rights Council further reinforced Trump’s image of mistrust of multilateral organizations, which was further marked by the withdrawal of the Paris climate agreement from the World Health Organization and the World Organization’s paralysis strategy of Commerce.