February 24, 2006
Hon. Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20520
Dear Secretary Rice:
The proposed Council has many new elements that will be useful in our work for the promotion and protection of human rights, including:
- Election of members by absolute majority in direct and individual voting, with candidates judged on their human rights record and commitments;
- A provision to suspend members that commit gross and systematic violations;
- Meetings three times a year for ten weeks, and additional sessions to be called by one-third of the Council membership; and
- Periodic review of all U.N. member states.
We hope you will be able to grant the NGO request for a meeting, and we look forward to discussing how the new Council can be made to work effectively. We urge the United States to work with the new members elected to the Council to establish the best possible rules and procedures, and a robust universal review process culminating in appropriate conclusions and recommendations.
cc: Under Secretary Nicholas Burns
Under Secretary Paula Dobriansky