Secretary Clinton has announced that the United States will seek election to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Welcome back to the fight! You’ll remember that Clinton made a lot of folks mad (outside of China) when she said (en route to China) that U.S. pressing on human rights issues would have to take a back seat to “the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crisis.” Note the word “crisis” appended to those issues.
Secretary Clinton (returned from China) has been finding ways to adjust that unfortunate formulation and is said to be looking to advance human rights (including in China) through concrete initiatives, moving beyond rhetoric. “Human rights are an essential part of American foreign policy,” she now says. And, it looks like a seat on the Human Rights Council is going to be an arrow in the Obama Administration’s human rights quiver. Let’s hope that there is a strong U.S. arm behind a straight aim at China because, Hillary, in Tibet there is a human rights CRISIS.