For Immediate Release
Rachel Myers, (212) 549-2689 or 2666; email@example.com
ACLU Welcomes U.S. Decision To Join U.N. Human Rights Council
Move Is Important Step Toward Restoring Status As Human Rights Leader
NEW YORK - The
American Civil Liberties Union today welcomed an announcement from the
Obama administration that the United States will join the United
Nations Human Rights Council, reversing a Bush administration decision
to shun the top U.N. human rights body.
The following can be attributed to Jamil Dakwar, Director of the ACLU Human Rights Program:
"We gladly welcome the decision of
the Obama administration to join the U.N. Human Rights Council. This is
a promising step toward affirming our commitment to human rights not
only abroad, but also at home. By restoring and protecting human rights
in this country, America will once again become a nation that leads by
example. From this position, we are hopeful the U.S. will help make the
Council an effective body for protecting the rights of all people
around the world."
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