'A Cesspool of Political Bias': Nikki Haley on Leaving UN Human Rights Council
- The Human Rights Councilis the United Nations
It has taken the idea of human dignity,
the idea that's at thecenter of our national creed,
and the birth rite of every human being
and has reduced it tojust another instrument
of international politics
and that is a great tragedy.
I don't come to thisconclusion happily or lightly.
The Obama administrationdecided to join the supposedly
reformed Human Rights Council in 2009.
Then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton
vowed that the United Statescould improve the council
by working from the inside.
By the time I became the US Ambassador,
eight years later,
it was clear that thisstrategy had failed.
There are lots of problemswith the Human Rights Council,
but two stuck out for mewhen I came to the UN.
The first was the council's membership.
When I arrived and still today,
its members included some of the worst
human rights violators.
The dictatorships ofCuba, China, and Venezuela
all have seats on the council.
Not only was Venezuela a member,
but in 2015 the councilinvited its dictator
Nicholas Maduro to speakto a special assembly.
He got a standing ovationwhich was not surprising
given that 62% of the HumanRights Council's members
were not democracies.
The other major sign thatthe Unites States presence
had failed to improve the council,
was the continuingexistence of the notorious
agenda item seven.
This is the permanent partof the Human Rights Council
agenda that is devotedexclusively to Israel.