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Human rights organizations welcome US bid for UN council seat | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 02.04.2009
US President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday that the United States will join the United Nations Human Rights Council, a body that was derided by his predecessor as overly politicized and ineffective. 

As the latest step in Obama's "new era of engagement" with the global community, the move to run for a three-year term on the 47-member council at the next elections in May signals another major change in direction for the US under its new commander-in-chief.


The Bush administration refused to join the Geneva-based body out of protest that authoritarian states with poor human rights records were also allowed to become members, despite being the key driver behind the council's formation to replace its predecessor, the UN Human Rights Commission.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 04:00:49 PM EST
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