The UN Human Rights Council was once the poster child for dysfunction at the United Nations. Established in 2006, it was better known for protecting human rights abusers than punishing them. Instead of trying to improve the flawed body, the Bush administration refused to serve on it, allowing diplomatic villains to hold sway. The Obama administration made a different choice. It got the United States elected to the council in 2009. With US leadership, the council has become more effective.
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