Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Among the many changes being made by the Biden Administration is the United States' decision to reengage with the United Nations Human Rights Council. In a statement issued yesterday, the new U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced that the United States will rejoin the UN Human Rights Council as an observer for now, giving it a voice in the Council's activities. While acknowledging certain flaws of the Council, Secretary Blinken stated that the United States' absence had created a void in leadership without bringing about meaningful change. He further stated that the United States can be more effective in bringing about positive change if it is engaged with the work of the Council.