EXCLUSIVE: Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Thursday tore into President Biden’s transfer to re-enter the U.N. Human Rights Council – which has been dogged by controversy over the human rights abusers amongst its members, and which Haley branded a “cesspool.”
“If President Biden actually cared about human rights, he would preserve us far-off from the cesspool that’s the UN Human Rights Council,” Haley mentioned in a press release to Fox Information.
CUBA, CHINA, RUSSIA ELECTED TO UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL; US BRANDS IT A ‘MOCKERY’
The U.S. was elected Thursday to the Council after the Biden administration had utilized for membership earlier this yr. It implies that the U.S. will return to the Council after the Trump administration left the Council in 2018 over the physique’s anti-Israel bias and the human rights abusers amongst its members.
Present members of the Council embrace China, Cuba, Eritrea, Russia and Venezuela – making up among the most infamous human rights abusers and brutal regimes on this planet.
“America left it beneath President Trump as a result of we refused to lend our credibility, as probably the most beneficiant nation on this planet, to cowl for the world’s worst tyrants and dictators,” Haley mentioned. [Biden’s] actions as we speak aren’t simply embarrassing; they’re harmful.”
Critics have accused the council of getting a sweeping anti-Israel bias, noting that Israel is repeatedly mentioned and condemned by the council, whereas human rights violations by different international locations – together with these on the council – are ignored.
AT UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL, 53 COUNTRIES BACK CHINA’S DRACONIAN HONG KONG CRACKDOWN
In 2020, 53 international locations on the council, led by Cuba, got here out in help of China’s oppressive nationwide safety regulation – a regulation that shaped the premise of the communist regime’s crackdown in opposition to the folks of Hong Kong.
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That got here after China was appointed to a council panel to assist vet candidates for necessary posts.
Biden had promised that the U.S. would rejoin the Council if he was elected to the White Home, and that his administration would “work to make sure that physique actually lives as much as its values.”
Nations on the poll on Thursday together with america embrace Eritrea, Somalia, India, Qatar, Honduras, Argentina and Luxembourg. In a press release, present U.N. Ambassador mentioned that the U.S. “will use each instrument at our disposal, from introducing resolutions and amendments to wielding our vote when wanted. Our targets are clear: stand with human rights defenders and converse out in opposition to violations and abuses of human rights.”
She additionally pledged that the U.S. will oppose the Council’s “disproportionate consideration on Israel” and can “press in opposition to the election of nations with egregious human rights information and encourage these dedicated to selling and defending human rights each in their very own international locations and overseas to hunt membership.”
Fox Information’ Ben Evansky contributed to this report.