Ouch, that was a fantastic political burn

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said ”

America does not seek to leave the Human Rights Council. We seek to reestablish the Council’s legitimacy.”

When you look closely at this statement it is a slap in the face of the Human Rights Council as it is saying that currently, they are illegitimate.

The United States have told the UN human rights forum to remove their ‘chronic anti-Israel bias.’

The Trump administration gave formal notice that it is reviewing its participation in the US Human Rights Council and called for reforming the body to eliminate what it called its “chronic anti-Israel bias”.

“The United States is looking carefully at this Council and our participation in it. We see some areas for significant strengthening,” Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, told the Geneva forum…

Washington says the Council is stacked with opponents of Israel and boycotted it for three years under President George W Bush before rejoining under Barack Obama in 2009.

“Tragically, we’ve been down this road before,” Haley later told the Graduate Institute of Geneva. “America does not seek to leave the Human Rights Council. We seek to reestablish the Council’s legitimacy.”

She named Venezuela, Cuba, China, Burundi, and Saudi Arabia as not upholding the highest standards despite their membership and said that the forum was becoming “discredited” like its predecessor body, the Human Rights Commission.

The 47-member Council adopted five “biased” resolutions on Israel and the Palestinian territory at its March session, but never even considered a resolution on Venezuela, she said.

“This relentless, pathological campaign against a country that actually has a strong human rights record makes a mockery not of Israel, but of the Council itself,”

…She called for the Council to address serious human rights violations in Venezuela and for the government of President Nicolas Maduro to address them.

“If Venezuela cannot, it should voluntarily step down from its seat on the Human Rights Council until it can get its own house in order. Being a member of this council is a privilege, and no country who is a human rights violator should be allowed a seat at the table,” she said.

This statement brings to mind Saudi Arabia being elected to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and made the head of the UN Human Rights Committee. How can the UN or the Human Rights Council be recognised as legitimate and unbiased organisations when they consistently vote to put foxes in charge of the hen house?

Haley called for the council to adopt strong resolutions on abuses in Syria, Eritrea, Belarus, Ukraine and the Democratic Republic of Congo at its session.

 – Reuters


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