Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced on Tuesday that he had invited a United Nations representative on racism and minority issues to visit the United States, prompting immediate criticism.
“As our president has repeatedly stated, great powers like us do not hide our shortcomings; they openly acknowledge it and seek to improve with the help of currency,” Blinken said. “By doing so, we are not only setting the standard for a national response to these challenges, but we are strengthening our democracy and giving new hope and impetus to human rights defenders around the world.”
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Blinken said the United States will send “an official and permanent invitation to all UN experts to report and advise on human rights issues” and to the UN Special Rapporteur on Modern Forms of Racism and the UN Special Rapporteur on Minorities. invite them on an official visit.
Speakers are independent experts appointed by the Human Rights Council, who typically gather information on relevant issues and then report to the public. The U.S. left the Human Rights Council in 2018 because of its anti-Israel bias and membership structure. The Biden administration tried to rejoin him.
The current Special Rapporteur on Modern Forms of Racism is a professor of law at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Office latest report “Because of the widespread perception of refugees and migrants as a threat to national security, it sought to highlight how digital technologies are being used to promote very common xenophobic and racially discriminatory ideologies.”
Blinken also used the statement to welcome the UN Human Rights Council’s decision against racism against Africans and people of African descent from the perspective of law enforcement.
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A special rapporteur on human rights earlier this month areas of lestinia He was criticized for his remarks about Israel, saying he wanted to “explain to Israel that its illegal occlusion, disobedience to international law and international opinion can and will continue to be free.”
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Blinken’s comments on Tuesday showed that UN officials are expected to criticize the United States over racism.
“Responsible states should not refrain from scrutinizing their human rights record; on the contrary, they should recognize it in order to improve it,” he said in a statement.
The announcement immediately drew criticism from Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Blinken suggested turning to an authoritarian dictatorship like Cuba instead of the UN.
“Instead of asking @SecBlinken @UN to come here and let us know how‘ racist ’America is, why don’t you ask them to go to #Cuba, if an evil socialist regime invades people’s homes and beats their rubbish. & then drag them away? ”he asked on Twitter.
Acesparks spokesman Ben Evansky contributed to the report.