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National flags at the entrance of the United Nations European headquarters in Switzerland. The U.N. office was established in Geneva in 1947 and is home to the U.N. Human Rights Council. Credit: Giorgio Caracciolo/Shutterstock.

Engaging with the UN Human Rights Council

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Many people who have never heard of the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) might reasonably ask why this body has the name that it does, upon learning that one of its members, China, is...
The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room of the Palace of Nations, in Geneva. The room is the meeting place of the U.N. Human Rights Council. Credit: Ludovic Courtès via Wikimedia Commons.

US to return to ‘flawed’ UN Human Rights Council

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U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken announced that the United States will return to the U.N. Human Rights Council, reversing a move by the Trump administration, which withdrew from the international body in 2018. The...
The United Nations building in New York City. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

What can Israel expect at the UN during a Biden administration?

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Despite efforts by its detractors, Israel has seen a steady improvement in its diplomatic standing around the world with breakthroughs in relations with Arab states, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Nevertheless, the United Nations,...
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the opening of the 40th session of the Human Rights Council, Palais des Nations, Feb. 25, 2019. Credit: U.N. Photo by Violaine Martin.

Should the UN ‘blacklist’ be taken seriously?

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With the February 2020 publication by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights of a “blacklist” of Israeli and other commercial enterprises functioning in the territories, several questions have arisen as to whether...
The United Nations building in New York City. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

UNHRC worked with NGOs with terror ties to compile blacklist of firms

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NGOs with terrorist ties were involved in the posting on Wednesday of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s blacklist of 112 companies with ties to Israeli settlements released on Wednesday, according to an Israeli Ministry of Strategic...