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United Nations Issues: U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [March 13, 2020]   [open pdf - 450KB]

From the Document: "The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR, or the Office) is the primary U.N. administrative body that addresses human rights. The United States generally funds the Office through assessed contributions to the U.N. regular budget (between $18- $20.5 million a year), and voluntary contributions (between $5-$15 million over the past five years). Since FY2018, the Trump Administration has withheld assessed U.S. funding from the Office, possibly due to concerns regarding its activities related to the Palestinians and its work with the U.N. Human Rights Council (the Council). (The United States withdrew from the Council in 2018 due to concerns about its disproportionate focus on Israel and perceived inability to effectively address human rights issues.) Some Members of Congress agree that the withholding is merited; others view OHCHR as an important mechanism for preventing and responding to human rights violations worldwide. Some are also concerned that the withholding was not authorized by Congress. The United States has continued to provide voluntary funding to the Office as specified by Congress in annual appropriations bills ($14.5 million in FY2020)."

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CRS In Focus, IF11457
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2020-03-13
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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