US Rejects Eliasson Human Rights Plan

The United States has rejected plans for a new United Nations Human Rights Council presented by the General Assembly’s President, Swedish diplomat Jan Eliasson.

The new council, which would be elected on a secret ballot by the General Assembly, would replace the UN Human Rights Commission, which is often criticized because its members include countries accused of human rights abuses.

American ambassador John Bolton says Eliasson’s  proposal has “manifold deficiencies”. Bolton wants a smaller council with restrictions on which countries could become members.

Jan Eliasson has warned that more talks would not improve the proposal.