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U.S. stresses importance of protecting human rights, including in N. Korea Updated: 2021-02-25 10:05:40 KST

The United States has underlined the importance of protecting human rights in countries, including North Korea,… in its pledge to rejoin the UN Human Rights Council.
Speaking to the 47-member body by video on Wednesday,… U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressed that the council must support the fight against injustice led by human rights violators,… one of which is North Korea.
The Biden administration's top diplomat shed light on the North's human rights issues, with many considering that the regime's human rights issues were swept under the rug during Trump's presidency.
Although North Korea wasn't the only country in the spotlight, watchers say the remarks are significant,… considering the regime was taken into importance during the U.S.' comeback stage in 3 years to the global Human Rights body.

Seeking to rejoin the council starting next year, Blinken asked for the support of all UN members.

"… I'm pleased to announce the United States will seek election to the Human Rights Council for the 2022-2024 term. We humbly ask for the support of all U.N. member states in our bid to return to a seat in this body."

The Biden administration's vow to work with allies to protect human rights is the latest move to reverse Trump's policies.
The U.S. quit the council in 2018 during President Trump's time in office and is currently an "observer."
Elections are set to take place in October.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.
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