BALTIMORE, Maryland -- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed America's re-election the UN Human Rights Council Monday and pledged that the country would continue to combat the panel's anti-Israel activity.

"Much hard work remains to be done," Clinton said in a statement, "especially ending the council's disproportionate and biased focus on Israel."

The US has come under criticism from some in the Jewish community from participating in a group that routinely censures Israel while ignore many of the most pressing human rights problems in the world, some being committed by countries with representatives on the council.

Advocates of America's participation, however, say the situation would be worse without a US presence, and that the United States has been behind important initiatives challenging Iran's human rights record and other initiatives.

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