Secretary Anthony Blinken and the U.S. State Department have invited experts from the United Nation to investigate racism and minority issues with an official visit to the United States.
“Responsible nations must not shrink from scrutiny of their human rights record; rather, they should acknowledge it with the intent to improve,” Blinken said in a statement. “I urge all U.N. member states to join the United States in this effort, and confront the scourge of racism, racial discrimination, and xenophobia,” he added.
Blinken welcomed the U.N. Human Rights Council’s adoption on Tuesday of a resolution to address systemic racism against Africans and people of African descent in the context of law enforcement.
His invitation to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism and the U.N. Special Rapporteur on minority issues was the first step on a plan to issue a standing invitation to all U.N. experts who report on human rights issues.
Republicans such as Nikki Haley and Marco Rubio follow the thinking that the move by Sec. Blinken is “insane,” especially while the Cuban government is beating up protesters in the street and other governments, such as the Chinese Communist Party, are committing human rights abuses around the world.
Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under Donald Trump, told Fox News yesterday: “China has one million Uyghurs in concentration camps, Cuba is beating protesters, and Venezuela is torturing political prisoners.
“Biden’s Secretary of State is inviting the U.N. to investigate human rights in the United States—the freest, fairest country in the world,” Hailey added. “This is insane.”
Criticism of the move comes as President Joe Biden, who won the White House with critical support from Black American voters, made fighting racial inequality a key platform of his 2020 campaign.