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US FM backs Zionist regime at UNHRC meeting

We urge the Human Rights Council to look at how it conducts its business. That includes its disproportionate focus on Israel.

The United States plans to run for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday as he decried the 47-member body's bias against Israel and called for Agenda Item 7 to be abolished.

 

"I’m pleased to announce the United States will seek election to the Human Rights Council for the 2022-24 term," Blinken said as he spoke at the virtual high-level meeting of the 46th session which opened Monday and ends on March 23.

 

Former US president Donald Trump exited the UNHRC in 2018, abandoning the US seat, to protest the council's bias against Israel, which is the subject of more resolutions than any other country. 

 

US President Joe Biden rejoined the council, but as a participant and not a voting member. It can regain its seat only through annual elections before the UN General Assembly in New York.

 

"We humbly ask for the support of all UN member states in our bid to return to a seat in this body," Blinken said.


He lauded the UNHRC for its important work in highlighting global human rights abuses, but slamed it for its treatment of Israel.

 

"We urge the Human Rights Council to look at how it conducts its business. That includes its disproportionate focus on Israel," Blinken claimed.

 

"We need to eliminate Agenda Item 7 and treat the human rights situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories the same way as this body handles any other country," he said.

 

Since its inception, the US has pushed to eliminate a council mandate to debate Israeli human rights abuses against the Palestinians at every session under agenda Item 7.




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