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Jimmy Carter: New U.N. Human Rights Council Raises Hope Worldwide



The Carter Center applauds the United Nations General Assembly (GA) for adopting the resolution creating a new Human Rights Council. Nearly a year after Secretary-General Kofi Annan issued his call for reform of the Commission on Human Rights, GA President Jan Elliason has produced a solid foundation upon which to build the U.N.'s new principal human rights body.

Many different opinions were taken into consideration to achieve this landmark agreement. Now, all those dedicated to the realization of human rights throughout the world should join in common cause to hold every government, big and small, to the highest standards of human rights.

This agreement presents an opportunity to seek new and innovative ways to address the world's worst human rights crises. At the same time, each government will be expected to improve its own practices. Reciprocity and a constant focus on the rights of victims and the vulnerable are needed if the Council is to be productive.

We are pleased that the U.S. is prepared to fund this Council and support its overall mission.

The time has come for a truly global rededication to the principle of justice for all.


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