Haley, along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, announced the formal withdrawal on June 19, saying the council had become grossly politicized and in turn failed to seriously address any real global human rights concerns.The U.S. called on the organization to reform and make efforts to change these aspects, but their calls were not heeded.
“The Human Rights Council is the U.N.’s greatest failure,” Haley said Wednesday.She reiterated her main two reasons for the withdrawal, the first being the irony that major human rights abusers were themselves on the council, citing Venezuela, Cuba and China specifically.
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Haley claimed the second catalyst for withdrawal was the council’s persistent efforts to delegitimize Israel, referring to the body’s Agenda Item 7: “Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.”She noted that no other country has an entire agenda dedicated to it besides Israel, which Haley says reveals the council’s undeserving bias and failure to acknowledge other real issues. Haley explained the council’s inability to make a positive difference in the lives of those who need it by citing the human rights violations occurring in Venezuela, which will not ever be seriously fixed because the country itself sits on the council.
Haley withdrew recently, citing the absurdity of allowing humans rights abusers to police human rights violations. The group was primarily used as a vehicle to attack our ally Israel, which has become all to common at the United Nations in recent years. The move marks the Trump Administrations departure from business as usual, and their willingness to shake-up dysfunctional foreign policy institutions that previous administrations have been unwilling to address.