February 24, 2021

Ranking Member Risch: Rejoining UN Human Rights Council Without Reforms is a Mistake

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s announcement that the United States will seek a seat on the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council for the 2022-2024 term:

“I am disappointed that the Biden Administration is attempting to re-join the UN Human Rights Council before securing significant reforms. While I support the administration’s efforts to make human rights a priority of U.S. foreign policy, today’s announcement does the exact opposite.

“The council is a broken body that focuses a majority of its time on bullying our ally Israel and allows some of the greatest human rights abusers like China, Cuba, Russia, and Venezuela a seat at the table. Earlier this week, President Maduro of Venezuela was allowed to address the council despite the fact that he has been accused of committing crimes against humanity against his own people. Only true reform will bring legitimacy back to the Council, and the Biden Administration should work quickly to secure substantial changes.”

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