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Blinken calls on UN Human Rights Council to end 'unacceptable bias against Israel'

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the Biden administration would seek full membership on the Geneva-based council.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to staff at the US State Department during the first visit of US President Joe Biden(L) in Washington, DC, February 4, 2021. - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken voiced concern over jailed opposition figure Alexei Navalny and imprisoned Americans in a telephone call Thursday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday that the United States would seek a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, where Washington would counter what he called the rights body’s “unacceptable bias against Israel." 

“I’m here to reaffirm America’s commitment to respect and defend the human rights of all people, everywhere,” Blinken told the 47-member body in a video. 

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