The United States is returning to the UN Human Rights Council three-and-a-half years after its dramatic walk-out – time seized upon by China to assert wider influence.
The United Nations General Assembly elects new members of the UN's top rights body on Thursday, with countries kicking off their three-year council term from January 1.
Though member states are chosen in a secret ballot, the election is a non-contest, with 18 candidate countries standing for 18 seats.
The council is tasked with strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide, addressing violations and making recommendations.
The US under previous president Donald Trump quit the council in 2018, accusing it of hypocrisy and obsession with haranguing Israel.