American Jewish Committee congratulates the United States on its election to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, and looks forward to a sustained American-led effort to reform this important, yet flawed, institution. Flawed because nations with horrid human rights records also sit on the council and routinely ignore major humanitarian crises around the world in favor of repeated broadsides against only one country, Israel.

America must not simply become a lonely voice of dissent in a chamber crowded with the world’s tyrants. It must take on the responsibility of focusing the council on the very real human rights abuses that plague our world.