Haley Slams Human Rights Council as ‘Greatest Failure’ of the UN
By Natalie Johnson
July 18, 2018
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday the United
Nations' Human Rights Council is the "greatest failure" of the
international organization given its continued support to dictatorial regimes
and entrenched bias against Israel.
"The Human Rights Council has provided cover, not
condemnation, for the world's most inhumane regimes," Haley said in remarks
at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.
"It has been a bully pulpit for human rights
violators. The Human Rights Council has been not a place of conscious, but a
place of politics. It has focused its attention unfairly and relentlessly on
Israel. Meanwhile, it has ignored the misery inflicted by regimes in Venezuela,
Cuba, Zimbabwe, and China."
Haley doubled down on the Trump administration's decision
last month to withdraw the United States from the council amid what she viewed
as a "chronic" anti-Israel bias that led to over 68 condemnations of
the Jewish state over a 10-year period versus just six for Iran. She also
accused the council of allowing notorious human rights abusers as members.
She cited the council's acceptance of the Democratic
Republic of Congo as a member in October even as mass graves were being
uncovered there, and its unwillingness to confront habitual human rights abuses
in Cuba, Iran, and Venezuela.
She said American participation was the "last shred of
credibility" the council had.
"It has taken the idea of human dignity—the idea
that's at the center of our national creed and the birthright of every human
being—and it has reduced it to just another instrument of international
politics and that is a great tragedy," Haley said.
The U.S. withdrawal marked the first time since its
establishment in 2006 that a member has voluntarily left the council. Human
rights groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, broadly
condemned the decision as antithetical to American values.
Haley criticized the groups last month for opposing her
efforts to rally UN support to reform the council.
Haley hit back at the organizations in a scathing letter
condemning them for undermining her efforts to rally UN support to reform the