Haley: Leaders Told Us the U.N. Human Rights Council Is an 'Embarrassment'

By Natalia Mittelstadt | July 25, 2018 | 12:44pm EDT
U.S. Ambassador to the
U.N. Nikki Haley. (YouTube)

(CNSNews.com) -- Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said that America did the right thing in leaving the U.N. Human Rights Council because the group included several human rights abusers and, she added, countries in agreement with U.S. values said the council is an "embarrassment."

On Tuesday, at the Turning Point USA High School Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., Ambassador Haley said, “For the past year, the United States tried to change the [U.N. Human Rights] Council’s membership and other rules to make it champion true human rights.  We went around and talked to country after country, asking for their support.  The usual suspects like China, Russia, and Venezuela turned us down.”

“And why wouldn’t they?” she said.  “They benefit from the Human Rights Council being a joke.”

“But what was really depressing was the reaction of the countries that do share our belief in human rights and human dignity,” said Haley.  “Many, if not most, of these countries told us off the record they agreed that the Human Rights Council had become an embarrassment.”

“Behind the scenes, they admitted that countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo shouldn't serve on anything that calls itself the Human Rights Council," she said.

“Turning Point USA’s High School Leadership Summit is a 4-day conference for conservative high school students,” says the group’s website.  “Throughout the conference, attendees will hear from some of the nation’s most well-known conservative leaders and activists, receive first-class activism and leadership training, and network with other attendees and organizations from all across the country.”

According to its website, Turning Point USA’s “mission is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government.  …  With a presence on over 1,300 college campuses and high schools across the country, Turning Point USA is the largest and fastest growing youth organization in America.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (YouTube)

Back in June, the United States withdrew from the U.N. Human Rights Council. At the time,  Haley had said, “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.”

While many in the U.S. and other countries have criticized President Trump for withdrawing from the U.N. Human Rights Council, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed it, saying, “For years, the UNHRC has proven to be a biased, hostile, anti-Israel organization that has betrayed its mission of protecting human rights.”

“Instead of dealing with regimes that systematically violate human rights, the UNHRC obsessively focuses on Israel, the one genuine democracy in the Middle East,” said the prime minister.

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