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07.21.21

“This invitation to investigate our own country under the authority of this Council is an insult to the American people and a parody of the real human rights atrocities being committed around the world.”

WASHINGTON– U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging him to rescind the Biden administration’s invitation to investigators of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to review the United States’ human rights record. He also called “misguided” the administration’s intention to join the council after the United States pulled out of its seat under the Bush and Trump administrations.

In his letter, Senator Sullivan pointed out that UNHRC members include some of the world’s most egregious human rights abusers, including China, Cuba and Venezuela. Further, Senator Sullivan argued that the council has remained silent and ineffective in the face of the violent crackdown on peaceful protesters in Cuba, chronic human rights violations in Iran, genocide and unprecedented surveillance of its citizens. citizens committed by the Chinese Communist Party.

Below is the full text of the letter.

The Honorable Antony Blinken

Secretary of State

US Department of State

2201 C Street, NO

Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Blinken:

I write today with deep concern about the recent decision of the Biden administration to formally invite the special rapporteurs of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to visit the United States and consider our country’s human rights record.

As I know you are well aware, UN special rapporteurs are usually sent to parts of the world to investigate allegations and conduct fact-finding missions to countries accused of gross human rights violations. Historical examples include, but are not limited to, Iran, Somalia, North Korea, and Belarus – all nations, unlike the United States, routinely threaten and suppress individual freedoms and freedoms.

Moreover, the idea that the United States should join the UNHRC – an organization that includes Communist China, Socialist Venezuela, and Communist Cuba – is wrong. The United States rightly withdrew its seat on the Council under the Bush and Trump administrations due to the body’s shameful history of regularly allowing perpetrators of chronic human rights violations into the Council’s own ranks. . These members include the Chinese Communist Party, which is actively engaged in the government-sponsored genocide against the Uyghur people and continues to censor, abbreviate, monitor, and broadly monitor its citizens to a degree seldom seen in the history of humanity. Socialist Venezuela, also a member of the UNHRC, continues to brutally suppress the freedom of expression, association and assembly of its people. Finally, the Cuban communist regime – also a member of the Council and designated by the State Department as the sponsoring state of terrorism – is currently in the throes of a violent state-led repression against its citizens who are demonstrating courageously and peacefully in pursuit of freedom. This invitation to investigate our own country under the authority of this Council is an insult to the American people and a parody of the real human rights atrocities being committed around the world.

At our meeting prior to your confirmation, we had a heated discussion about the importance for officials of the Biden administration to refrain from embarking on a “tour of apologies”, criticizing decisions made by past administrations. abroad – something that I also spoke at length with the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield before her confirmation. While I agree with your statement that “great nations like ours do not hide our shortcomings; they openly recognize them and strive to improve with transparency, ”I would also like to remind you that our country is resilient and, as Americans, we have a long history of filling our gaps on our own as we we are striving towards a more perfect union. We certainly don’t need to provide propaganda opportunities to countries on the UNHRC run by communist and authoritarian governments with deplorable human rights records, and that is exactly what your invitation will do.

I respectfully request that you rescind this invitation and publicly acknowledge this important fact: The United States has done more to free men, women and children around the world from tyranny and oppression – literally hundreds of people. million people – than any other country in human history. .

Truly,

Senator Dan Sullivan

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