President Barack Obama endrer kurs og vil at USA stiller til valg i FNs Menneskerettsråd. President Bush anså rådet som håpløst. Også Norge stiller til valg.
The United States announced it would participate in elections in May for one of three seats on the 47-member council, joining a slate that includes Belgium, Norway and New Zealand. New Zealand has offered to step aside to allow the United States to run unchallenged, according to a U.S. official.
Human rights activists have been advocating U.S. membership in the council since its creation in March 2006.
«This is a welcome step that gives the United States and other defenders of human rights a fighting chance to make the institution more effective,» said a human rights advocate familiar with the decision. «I think everybody is just desperate to have the United States and Barack Obama run for the human rights council, and countries are willing to bend over backward to make that happen.»
The Geneva-based Human Rights Council was established in March 2006 to replace the 60-year-old Human Rights Commission, which lost international credibility after countries with abysmal rights records, such as Sudan and Zimbabwe, were allowed to join and thwart criticism of their actions.