The United Nations has a number of different councils that member states are able to sit on. For example, there are various councils on health, security, and even a Human Rights Council. However, the UN’s HRC is, to put it kindly, an organization with little integrity and validity.
After years of watching the organization slowly become a politically-charged, anti-Semitic group, Donald Trump announced that the United States would be pulling out of the HRC on Tuesday. While many are thrilled to see the council undermined, leftists, in particular, are pretending that this decision is something atrocious. Either way, Haley stunned the Human Rights Council when she decided she ‘won’t sit quietly’ by, and she took a step that no one has ever taken before.
Two individuals, Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, delivered their decision to the organization, when they made a joint appearance at the State Department.
It was Ambassador Haley who set out the specifics of the plan to depart the organization, and what it will mean for the United States’ UN membership in the future.
This isn’t the first time that a President or Ambassador has threatened to pull out of the corrupt international governing body. Indeed, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN threatened to pull out of the organization just last year, citing the organization’s anti-Israel stance as a major reason for backing out of the group.
Since the UN HRC was formed in 2006, it has rebuked Israel 78 times in total. That is more public condemnation than all other nations in the world have received combined from the organization.
The ‘Human Rights Council’ found it more important to complain about Israel than about the Congo, or the ongoing human rights issues in Darfur, which is part of Sudan, or the fact that Saudi Arabia has an absolutely atrocious record on such rights.
Of course, it’s easy to understand precisely how this happened when the makeup of the council is taken into account.
The council has 47 seats. Currently, it counts nations like Angola, Congo, Senegal, Rwanda, Tunisia, South Africa, Burundi, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, and Togo among its 13 members from Africa. It also counts Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates among its ‘Asian’ member states. For its ‘Latin American’ and Caribbean members, it includes Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, and Venezuela.
What do these 23 states have in common? All of them have had, within the past five years, multiple human rights issues, both according to citizens living in the nations and non-government organizations that investigated the claims.
In fact, in some cases, the UN itself censured the nations that now make up the Human Rights Council.
The openly biased and anti-Semitic nature of the Council, along with the extremely questionable human rights backgrounds of its member states, were the reasons the George W. Bush administration gave for outright refusing to engage with the organization.
Indeed, up until 2009, the United States was protesting the existence of the organization and the chosen member states.
However, shortly after taking office, the ever-submissive Barack Obama decided that the United States should join the UN’s farcical Council. In March 2009, the U.S. joined the group, and gave an undeserved veneer of credibility to its decisions and its absurd workings.
In removing the nation from this UN organization, the Donald Trump administration is simply righting a past wrong that put America in bed with some of the biggest human rights abusers in the world.
The idea that Israel, or any other nation, should be lectured on the topic of human rights by countries that don’t believe in such rights is absurd, and highlights how ridiculous the United Nations is as an organization.
The United States already pays a lot more toward the UN’s budget than any other nation, and provides it a place to operate. The nation doesn’t also need to sit on every council, including those run by despotic nations. The country also doesn’t need to sit on a council designed to harass the Jewish people living in Israel, which is the nation in that region of the world with the best human rights record.