U.S. Makes Bold Decision on U.N. Human Rights Council–Proves the high value it puts on human rights by not seeking election to sham body

April 7, 2006

WASHINGTON, April 6 /Christian Newswire/ — Concerned Women for America (CWA) commended the courageous decision by the U.S. to not seek election to the U.N. Human Rights Council, which has the potential to be even worse than its predecessor, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights.

“This decision by the U.S. puts the U.N. Human Rights Council on notice that it must prove that it is worthy of its name and not a dangerous fraud,” stated Wendy Wright, President of CWA. “It has the opportunity to demonstrate that it will not be a replica of the discredited U.N. Commission on Human Rights. The U.S. is right to see how the Council shakes out before lending the credibility of the U.S. by joining in.”

Despite not being a member for at least the first year, the U.S. stated it will work “to encourage the Council to address serious cases of human rights abuse.” It “will actively campaign on behalf of candidates genuinely committed to the promotion and protection of human rights, and . . . also actively campaign against states that systematically abuse human rights.”

Miss Wright noted, “We would also like to see work begun on an alternate human rights body that from its inception is not an ‘only good as we can get’ compromise to make all countries – even egregious abusers – happy. It should work solely on fundamental human rights, and not ever- expanding ‘rights-based’ approaches that promote dubious political, economic or social agendas.”

CWA has been active on United Nations issues since 1995.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.

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