EXCLUSIVE: A former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Thursday tore into President Biden’s move to re-enter the U.N. Human Rights Council – which has been dogged by controversy over the human rights abusers among its members, and which Haley branded a “cesspool.”
Haley told Fox News that if President Biden cared deeply about human rights, he would steer us away from the UN Human Rights Council.
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After the Biden administration applied earlier in the year for membership, the U.S. was elected to the Council on Thursday. The U.S. will now be back on the Council following the Trump administration’s departure in 2018. This was due to anti-Israel bias and abuses by its members.
Current members of the Council include China, Cuba, Eritrea, Russia and Venezuela – making up some of the most notorious human rights abusers and brutal regimes in the world.
“America left it under President Trump because we refused to lend our credibility, as the most generous country in the world, to cover for the world’s worst tyrants and dictators,” Haley said. [Biden’s] actions today aren’t just embarrassing; they’re dangerous.”
Critics have accused the council of having a sweeping anti-Israel bias, noting that Israel is regularly discussed and condemned by the council, while human rights violations by other countries – including those on the council – are ignored.
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In 2020, 53 countries at the council, led by Cuba, came out in support of China’s oppressive national security law – a law that formed the basis of the communist regime’s crackdown against the people of Hong Kong.
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This was the result ChinaA council panel was established to vet applicants for key posts.
Biden stated that the U.S. would be joining the Council, if elected to the White House and that his administration would strive to “ensure that this body really lives up its value.”
The United States will also be voting on Thursday, along with Eritrea, Somalia and India. In a statement, current U.N. The Ambassador said the U.S. would use “every tool” to introduce resolutions, amendments, and even vote as needed. We are committed to standing with human rights defenders, and speaking out against abuses and violations of human rights.
She also pledged that the U.S. will oppose the Council’s “disproportionate attention on Israel” and will “press against the election of countries with egregious human rights records and encourage those committed to promoting and protecting human rights both in their own countries and abroad to seek membership.”
This report was contributed by Ben Evansky, Fox News.