UN Human Rights Council future in doubt
The United Nations Human Rights Council will hold its thirty-fourth regular session from 27 February to 24 March 2017 in the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will address the opening session, along with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Peter Thompson, commencing a three-day high-level segment, during which senior dignitaries will address the 47-member Council on human rights matters of national and international interest and concern.
Reportedly Donald Trump’s administration is considering abandoning the UN Human Rights Council due to its biased attitude towards Israel and the body’s inefficiency, according to POLITICO, citing a former State Department official. The official delegation confirmed its intention to work full force the coming months.
The Bush administration had refused to join the Council, or to pay for it, when the Council was first created as a faux renovation of the discredited U.N. Human Rights Commission back in 2006. Joining the Council was one of Obama’s very first foreign-policy moves in 2009.