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Election of the United States to the Human Rights Council


Press Statement
Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 12, 2009

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Today the United Nations General Assembly elected the United States to a three-year term on the UN Human Rights Council.  The promotion and protection of human rights is a fundamental value for our own society and, as such, an integral element of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy.  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice are pleased with the outcome of the election and eager to take up the important work of the Council.

When the United Nations was formed, it sent a powerful and historic message by placing human rights at the very core of its charter.  To fulfill that mission, we strongly believe that all member states must work to ensure that the United Nations offers a credible, balanced and effective forum for advancing human rights.

The United States sought a seat on the UN Human Rights Council at this time to underscore our commitment to human rights and to join the efforts of all those nations seeking to make the Council a body that fulfills its promise.  We deeply appreciate the support of all UN member states that endorsed our bid.  We pledge to work closely with the international community to ensure that together we address the pressing human rights concerns of our time.



PRN: 2009/451

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