The U.N. Human Rights Council voted unanimously Thursday to lift a global ban on U.K. tourists coming to the U: A measure that has drawn the ire of many business leaders, politicians and activists.
The council had voted last month to lift the ban on citizens of the U-K.
but did not provide an alternative date for the decision.
Under the new measure, Britons could travel to Canada, Canada and Mexico to visit family or friends, but could not come to the UK for business.
“This is a clear victory for the international community,” Council President Antonio Guterres said at the council’s opening session.
“It is a victory for our values and our culture.”
The decision comes in response to a U.A.E. request from the United Kingdom to ease restrictions on U-karting and other sports activities for U.KS citizens.
also has been a frequent target of anti-immigration sentiment.
U.D.S., the European Union’s chief trade representative, said in a statement that it was “a significant step in addressing a number of barriers to trade and investment” by the United Nations and other countries.
“The U. S. is welcome to use its position at the UNAIDS to encourage other countries to move in the same direction,” U.T.O. Secretary-General Antonio Ghanizadeh said in the statement.
The move comes as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are facing calls to lift travel bans for the first time in more than two decades.
The United States has also seen a spike in cases of Ebola in the United Middle East and elsewhere in the region.
The World Health Organization said Friday that the death toll in the epidemic in West Africa reached 9,865, making it the world’s deadliest outbreak of the virus.
The virus is still raging in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the only two countries to have declared a state of emergency, and is threatening to spread beyond the region, where more than 3,400 people have died.
“We must act to contain the spread of the Ebola virus and the global response is urgently needed,” said U.B.C. President Peter MacKay in a news conference.
“I would like to see the U A.E.-U.
K agreement on this very quickly.”
U.G.C., the World Health Assembly, which monitors the global health system, said the new decision “reaffirms the importance of international cooperation to stop the spread and control of Ebola.”