April 01, 2009
Article from: Agence France-Presse
THE Obama administration will run in May for a seat on a UN human rights body that the Bush administration shunned.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is travelling in Europe, and UN ambassador Susan Rice announced the US will seek a seat on the UN Human Rights Council and work within it to make it "a more effective body," according to the State Department.
"The decision is in keeping with the Obama Administration's `new era of engagement' with other nations to advance American security interests and meet the global challenges of the 21st century," department spokesman Gordon Duguid said in a statement.
Ms Clinton said: "Human rights are an essential element of American global foreign policy."
"With others, we will engage in the work of improving the UN human rights system to advance the vision of the UN Declaration on Human Rights," the chief US diplomat said.
"The United States helped to found the United Nations and retains a vital stake in advancing that organisation's genuine commitment to the human rights values that we share with other member nations," she said.
"We believe every nation must live by and help shape global rules that ensure people enjoy the right to live freely and participate fully in their societies."