Geneva, October 26, 2010 — The Obama Administration’s representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council said today that UN Watch’s eight-point plan for U.S. action at the 47-nation body provides “excellent benchmarks for where progress is needed,” and outlined in detail how the U.S. is meeting each one.
Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe delivered her remarks at the annual human rights luncheon of UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights organization that monitors the United Nations.
“We take your recommendations to the U.S. government on how to refocus the work of the UN Human Rights Council seriously,” said Donahoe. “We agree that the U.S. must assume leadership for changing the dynamics at the Council and we take that responsibility to heart.”
“UN Watch is gratified that our recommendations for the defense of core human rights principles and mechanisms are being taken seriously by U.S. decision-makers,” said Executive Director Hillel Neuer. “While the process that began this week to review and reform the council will require multilateral action, U.S. leadership will be essential.”
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