The United States’ withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council has nothing to do with its commitment to human rights, Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday in a fiery speech at The Heritage Foundation.
“No one should make the mistake of equating membership in the Human Rights Council with support for human rights. To this day, the United States does more for human rights, both inside the U.N., and around the world, [than] any other country. And we will continue to do that,” said Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, in prepared remarks.
“We just won’t do it inside a council that consistently fails the cause of human rights.”
On June 19, the United States announced it was leaving the United Nations Human Rights Council, citing the council’s bias against Israel and its tolerance for human rights abusers to be included in the council.
At the time of the announcement, Haley said that the council was a “protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias.”
In her speech Wednesday, the ambassador struck a similar tone, saying “the Human Rights Council has provided cover, not condemnation, for the world’s most inhumane regimes,” and that the council “is the United Nations’ greatest failure.”
Haley specifically singled out the addition of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the U.N. Human Rights Council as inappropriate.
“In October, the Democratic Republic of the Congo was elected to a seat on the council,” Haley said. “The Congo is the setting for atrocities that shock the most hardened international aid workers. They were discovering mass graves in the Congo even as the General Assembly approved its bid for the Human Rights Council.”
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