US to seek seat on UN Human Rights Council

The United States will seek election to the UN Human Rights Council this year, the State Department said Tuesday, announcing the Obama administration's latest reversal of former President George W. Bush's foreign policies. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said in a statement that the administration will join the council to help make it more effective as part of President Barack Obama's desire to create a "new era of engagement" with the international community. The Bush administration had boycotted the council over its repeated criticisms of Israel and its refusal to cite flagrant rights abuses in Sudan and elsewhere abroad.