US distances itself from UN rights body

It is of course the US who has a pathetic record on human rights.

State Department spokesman: UN Council on Human Rights has a rather pathetic record

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function setDbLinkCategory(url) {eval(unescape(url));}In an attempt to further distance itself from the UN Human Rights Council, the United States said on Friday it would only engage the body when there was an issue of “deep national interest.”

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the decision, taken recently by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, reflected mistrust of the 47-member state forum, at which the United States currently has observer status.

“Our scepticism regarding the function of the UN Council on Human Rights in terms of fulfilling its mandate and its mission is well known. It has a rather pathetic record,” McCormack told reporters.

“We will engage the Human Rights Council really only when we believe that there are matters of deep national interest before the council … We are going to take a more reserved approach,” he added.

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