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Cablegate: Demarche Delivered: U.N. Human Rights Council

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SUBJECT: DEMARCHE DELIVERED: U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
12TH SESSION PRIORITIES

REF: SECSTATE 93358

1. (U) Post delivered reftel demarche to the Department of
Foreign Affairs Office of United Nations and Other
International Organizations (UNIO) Director Leah Ruiz. Post
emphasized U.S. support for defending the universality of
human rights and the responsibility of governments to respect
the rights of their citizens; defending the independence of
U.N. human rights mechanisms; reinforcing the Council's
credibility, including working to remove the systemic bias in
the Human Rights Council (HRC) against Israel; and advancing
the principles of accountability, transparency, and good
governance in the work of the HRC.

2. (SBU) Director Ruiz assured emboff that the Philippine
government takes U.S. positions very seriously, and promised
to raise our UNHRC priorities with her superiors. Post will
continue to follow up, and will advise when further response
is forthcoming.
KENNEY

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