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Letter to Secretary Tillerson on UN Human Rights Council Reform

A group of organizations led by the Better World Campaign and Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human rights, wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asking the administration to redouble the efforts of the United States to reform and strengthen the
United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Particularly in light of signs from Geneva, the seat of the UNHRC, that U.S. calls for reform have indeed produced new momentum toward change. In particular, the groups ask that President Trump expeditiously nominate both a U.S. Ambassador as its lead representative to the Office of the United Nations and International Organizations in Geneva, as well as another person as Ambassador to the UNHRC.

Sustained, dedicated and effective U.S. leadership at the Ambassadorial level at the UNHRC is essential to bring about change, especially at this critical time. The presence of senior officials of appropriate diplomatic rank in Geneva on a permanent basis is vital to American success there.

Read the letter below.