Chinanews, October 15th, a comprehensive report, the 76th United Nations General Assembly elected 18 members of the United Nations Human Rights Council, including the United States, on the 14th. The United States will return to the Human Rights Council after more than three years of withdrawal. In 2018, then US President Trump announced his withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council.
According to reports, the voting results on the 14th showed that the United States received 168 votes in support of 193 votes and no negative votes. The United States has the second lowest number of votes among the elected countries, only more than Eritrea.
The United States will begin its three-year term on the council from January 1 next year. The United Nations Human Rights Council is located in Geneva and has 47 seats. The General Assembly elects about one-third of the members of the board of directors each year, and the members serve a term of three years and can be re-elected.
In June 2018, the then-U.S. President Trump announced his withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council, saying that the Council was “prejudiced” against Israel and “incapable of effectively protecting human rights”. When Biden took office, he promised to “let human rights play a more important role in U.S. diplomacy.”
However, Biden’s decision to return to the Human Rights Council was opposed by some Republicans. Jim Risch, the top Republican member of the US Senate’s Foreign Affairs Committee, criticized the Human Rights Council as “defective” and “too much attention to Israel.”
(Original title: Flip Trump’s “retirement” decision to return the United States to the UN Human Rights Council)