Like a boss! Here’s Nikki Haley withdrawing US from ‘cesspool of political bias’ UN human rights council

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley boldly announced that the U.S. is withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Haley pulled no punches, blasting the 47-member council as “a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias,” in a statement Tuesday.

The Trump administration has threatened the move for months and the announcement came just one day after the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights slammed the administration for separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S. border.

Haley spoke from the State Department following a statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying the U.S. decision came after a year where “we did not see any progress” in calls for reform from the body based in Geneva.

“For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias,” Haley said in her scathing remarks. “Regrettably, it is now clear that our call for reform was not heeded. Human rights abusers continue to serve on and be elected to the council. The world’s most inhumane regimes continue to escape scrutiny, and the council continues politicizing and scapegoating of countries with positive human rights records in an attempt to distract from the abusers in their ranks.”

Haley explained the U.S. could not remain part of an organization “that makes a mockery of human rights.”

“I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from our human rights commitments. On the contrary. We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights,” Haley said. “We did not make this decision lightly. When this administration began 17 months ago, we were well aware of the enormous flaws in the Human Rights Council. We could have withdrawn immediately. We did not do that. Instead, we made a good faith effort to resolve the problems.”

The U.N. was naturally disappointed with the U.S. decision.

“The Secretary-General would have much preferred for the United States to remain in the Human Rights Council,” Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres, said. “The UN’s Human Rights architecture plays a very important role in the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide.”

Haley condemned the council for its “chronic bias against Israel,” and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Haley and President Trump for their “courageous decision.”

The Human Rights Council was given one year by the U.S. delegation to make reforms, but failed to do so.

“When a so-called Human Rights Council cannot bring itself to address the massive abuses in Venezuela and Iran, and it welcomes the Democratic Republic of Congo as a new member, the council ceases to be worthy of its name,” Haley said Tuesday. “Such a council, in fact, damages the cause of human rights.”

She also noted that the United States would continue to promote human rights outside of the council and if reforms are made in the future, “we would be happy to rejoin it.”

“Many of these countries argued that the United States should stay on the Human Rights Council because American participation is the last shred of credibility that the council has. But that is precisely why we must leave. If the Human Rights Council is going to attack countries that uphold human rights and shield countries that abuse human rights, then America should not provide it with any credibility. Instead, we will continue to lead on human rights outside the misnamed Human Rights Council,” Haley said.

“We have used America’s voice and vote to defend human rights at the UN every day, and we will continue to do so.”

The bold move was welcomed on social media where many applauded a U.S. under Trump that will no longer be pushed around.


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