By Patrick Goodenough
(CNSNews.com) – After shunning the U.N.’s flagship human rights body for the past 17 months and defying it over a scheduled review of its rights record, Israel backed down on Sunday and agreed to take part, after coming under pressure from Western governments worried about the precedent its boycott was setting.
Israel stopped cooperating with the Human Rights Council (HRC) in May 2012, after claiming grossly unfair treatment for years at the hands of the Geneva-based body. Of all the resolutions ever passed by the council condemning a specific country, more than one-third have applied to Israel alone. Israel is one of 193 member-states.
As part of its non-cooperation stance, Israel last January became the first country to refuse to take part in the “universal periodic review” (UPR), an exercise every member-state is expected to undergo once every four years. Click here to continue reading.
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