The UN Human Rights Council on Monday started a new session that is marked by the return of the U.S. and deep divisions over the outlook of the council.
The crackdown on political dissent in Myanmar and Belarus, and the ongoing violations amid Syria’s decade-long civil war were among the top agenda items for the month long meeting that is taking place online instead of in Geneva.
Washington gave up its seat in the top UN rights body in 2018 while Donald Trump was U.S. president.
The new administration of President Joe Biden decided to end the U.S. boycott and to attend the Human Rights Council as an observer country.
However, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has made it clear that the U.S. still has deep misgivings about the council’s unrelenting focus on Israel, and about the problematic human rights records of some council members.
Blinken is scheduled to address the session on Tuesday.
Council members China and Russia, along with previous member Saudi Arabia, recently nearly derailed the appointment of Fijian diplomat and former high court judge Nazhat Shameem Khan as Human Rights Council president.
According to diplomats in Geneva, the stand-off over Khan highlights the different attitude towards human rights among council members such as Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela, the Philippines and Pakistan.
These members frequently argue that the council should not meddle in internal matters of other countries by censuring them for rights abuses or by launching investigations. (dpa/NAN)
Copyright 2022 ROYAL NEWS. All rights reserved. Digital material on this website, may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from ROYAL NEWS.
- Gov. Abdulrazaq, KAMWIRE, Etsu Patigi, others for Kwara NUJ award
- Nigeria/India engages to boost volume of trade, economic activities
- Scandal rocks CCB as commissioners accuse chairman of corruption
- Atala Oil Field: NUPRC under fire in Senate over wrongful re-allocation
- 62 National Day, Sen. Enang urges Nigerians to keep hope alive
- Sheikh Aboto’s death has left another vacuum in dawwah activities— Emir of Ilorin
- KAM Holding CEO rejoices with Abubakar Sulu-Gambari on attainment of SAN rank
- Nigeria-Saudi Chamber of Commerce Will Deepen Countries’ Relations —Minister
- FAAN boss commends increase in passengers traffic at Abuja airport
- Ciroma of Ilorin, A.B. Sulu-Gambari, 61 others make final SANs list (FULL NAMES)