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Statement by the U.S. on the Israeli UPR Process – Item 6
March 20, 2009

UN Human Rights Council Tenth Regular Session

Item 6 – Consideration of UPR Reports

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America on the Israeli UPR Process
Delivered by Charge, a.i., Mark C. Storella
March 20, 2009

As the United States has reengaged with the Human Rights Council, we have sought to ensure that no one country be singled out and treated differently from the others. During yesterday’s consideration of Israel’s Universal Periodic Review report, certain procedural questions were raised which have not been raised with regard to any of the other over 30 states that have undergone Universal Periodic Review. We consider efforts to treat one country – any country – differently from all the others unacceptable and we appreciate the work of the Secretariat and the Council President to keep the Council on the right path. The founding principles of this Council are clear: universality, impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity. These principles are not intended to shield countries from criticism, but rather to create an environment in which all will be treated fairly and, ultimately, the Council itself can be more effective and succeed in its objectives. We note with appreciation the statement of the Palestinian representative expressing his commitment to fair and consistent application of the rules and procedures. As the Council’s work moves forward, we should all rededicate ourselves to its goals and its founding principles.