Secretary of State Antony Blinken and a senior US diplomat in Geneva will announce on Monday that Washington will return to the UN Human Rights Council as an observer.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF, REUTERS
The decision is likely to draw criticism from conservative lawmakers and many in the pro-Israel community as Trump’s withdrawal from the body in 2018 was praised, over the UNHCR’s biased treatment of Israel and its longtime failure to address serious abuses throughout the world.
Trump, a Republican whose “America First” agenda contributed to his decision to withdraw from multiple international organizations and agreements over his term, rescinded the US’s position the Human Rights Council in 2018 – halfway through the country’s three year term as a member of the 47-nation body.
The council damages the very cause of human rights, Haley noted at the time, and also pointed out the long-standing issue of anti-Israel bias.
Israel is “singled out in a way that no other country is singled out,” she added.