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The United States returns to the UN Human Rights Council, after criticism of Trump

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US envoy to the UN.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US envoy to the UN.

Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP / Getty Images

While he was president of the United States, Donald trump harshly criticized the United Nations and even withdrew the country from the agency. This week, however, Washington obtained a seat on the UN Human Rights Council.

Along with 17 other nations, the US won a place in voting not without criticism.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, sent from the United States, assured that with this a campaign promise from President Joe Biden is fulfilled, from meet with the body.

In a statement after the vote, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stated that the country will work “hard to ensure that the council upholds its highest aspirations and better support those who fight injustice and tyranny throughout the world ”.

Based in Geneva, this council was created in 2006 in replacement of a commission that was discredited because some members had disturbing antecedents in the matter.

However, soon the new council faced criticism along the same lines.

“The lack of competition in voting this year to the Human Rights Council it’s a joke for the ‘world election’. Electing serious human rights violators such as Cameroon, Eritrea and the United Arab Emirates sends a terrible signal that UN member states do not take seriously the fundamental mission of the council to protect human rights ”, he emphatically criticized Louis Charbonneau, Director of Human Rights Watch for the United Nations.

For example, Charbonneau indicates that the Cameroonian government has cracked down on opponents and dissidents; Eritrean troops are singled out for atrocities in neighboring Tigray, Ethiopia, among others.

It is a rule that seats must be divided by region to ensure geographic representation.

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