US Ambassador the United Nations Nikki Haley offered a scathing assessment of the UN Human Rights Council as the announcement was made to pull out of the organization.
Here’s what she said
In a statement given alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Haley derided the Human Rights Council as biased and counterproductive to the cause of human rights.
“Human rights abusers continue to serve on, and be elected to, the council,” Haley said. “The world’s most inhumane regimes continue to escape its scrutiny, and the council continues politicizing scapegoating of countries with positive human rights records in an attempt to distract from the abusers in its ranks.”
“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,” she continued, “the council ceases to be worthy of its name.
“Such a council, in fact, damages the cause of human rights,” she concluded.
Haley indicated that the US was willing to consider rejoining the council if reformed were enacted to address her criticisms.
“We have used America’s voice and vote to defend human rights at the UN every day,” she concluded, “and we will continue to do so.”
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the announcement from his social media account.
“Israel thanks President Trump, Secretary Pompeo and Ambassador Haley for their courageous decision against the hypocrisy and the lies of the so-called UN Human Rights Council,” he said.
Israel thanks President Trump, Secretary Pompeo and Ambassador Haley for their courageous decision against the hypocrisy and the lies of the so-called UN Human Rights Council.
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) June 19, 2018
Michael Oren, the former ambassador to the US, also praised the move, saying, “This is a welcomed response to a body that condemned Israel more than all other countries combined.”
Amb. Nikki Haley will soon announce America’s withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council. This is a welcomed response to a body that condemned Israel more than all other countries combined. The US now signals its refusal to lend legitimacy to UN bias against Israel and Jews.
— Michael Oren (@DrMichaelOren) June 19, 2018
“The US now signals its refusal to lend legitimacy to UN bias against Israel and Jews,” he added.
Here’s the full video of the announcement