US to seek a seat on UN rights council

By | March 31, 2009

The State Department says the United States will seek election to the U.N. Human Rights Council, the Obama administration’s latest reversal of President George W. Bush’s foreign policies.

The department says the Obama administration wants to participate in the council’s activities as part of a new era of U.S. engagement with the world.

The Bush administration boycotted the council over its repeated criticism of Israel and failure to comment on flagrant rights abuses elsewhere, including Sudan.

The Geneva-based council was created in 2006 to replace its predecessor, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, which was widely seen as ineffective.

MATTHEW LEE, AP