Key Human Rights Organizations Urge Secretary of State Rex Tillerson To Maintain U.S. Engagement with The UN Human Rights Council

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 10, 2017) – Today senior representatives from key human rights organizations sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to maintain U.S. engagement with the UN Human Rights Council.

The Better World Campaign and Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights organized the letter, which was also signed by the United Nations Association of the United States of America, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), Freedom House, Freedom Now, Human Rights First, and Human Rights Campaign.

The letter notes that since the United States began participating in the work of the UN Human Rights Council in 2009, it has increasingly trained a spotlight on rogue regimes and terrorists, commissioning independent investigations that have exposed serious human rights abuses by North Korea, Iran, Syria, ISIS, and Boko Haram. At the urging of the United States, the Council has also addressed critical issues including freedom of association, free expression on the Internet, religious liberty, and preventing violence against vulnerable populations including women, LGBT individuals, and religious minorities.

Download the letter here.

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