Nikki Haley, President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, demanded Tuesday that the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) divest itself of its anti-Israel bias or risk America’s withdrawal from the council.
In her first address to the global political body, Haley highlighted the discrepancy between the council’s harsh treatment of Israel and their willingness to ignore repeated civil rights abuses committed by countries like Venezuela.
“It’s hard to accept that this Council has never considered a resolution on Venezuela and yet it adopted five biased resolutions in March against a single country – Israel,” Haley said Tuesday morning. “It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it is to have any credibility.”
“There is no room here for cultural relativism.”
U.N. Officials have publicly excoriated Israel’s actions in Palestine yet have remained quiet on countless obvious abuses. Saudi Arabia, the Muslim-majority country where women have fewer rights than an American 16-year-old, has a prominent spot on the council.
“Saudi Arabia has arguably the worst record in the world when it comes to religious freedom and women’s rights,” UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer said in a 2015 statement. “This UN appointment is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief, and underscores the credibility deficit of a human rights council that already counts Russia, Cuba, China, Qatar and Venezuela among its elected members.”
Countries like Cuba and Qatar remain unmolested by resolutions. The sincerity of the council’s mission is called into question when considering how easy it is to gain membership. George W. Bush famously rebuked the council in 2006 for their biased, partisan behavior.
The Obama administration reversed Bush’s decision within the former president’s first few months in office. Liberal talking heads were quick to express their disagreement with Haley.
“It’s hard to take Ambassador Haley seriously on U.S. support for human rights in light of Trump administration actions like the Muslim ban and immigration crackdowns,” Jamil Dakwar, director of the human rights program at the American Civil Liberties Union, told Reuters. “The United States must get its own house in order and make human rights at home a–then, it can begin to credibly demand the same of other countries abroad.”
Dakwar is asserting that that Trump’s decision to aggressively deport illegal immigrants is comparable to the human rights violations committed by countries like Cuba. The fact that liberals can express such an opinion should be enough to prove its idiocy. Americans have so much freedom that they can openly denigrate the president without fear of repercussion, a liberty that’s denied to millions of people in fellow HRC countries.
“The HRC serves a number of useful functions but its bias against Israel mars its reputation and credibility as does membership in the HRC of serious human rights offenders,” said Rosemary DiCarlo, president of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy and a former acting U.S. ambassador to the U.N. during the previous administration.
The Trump administration has proven that it’s willing to stand up for America’s rights. Obama seemed to be more concerned with being personally liked. He allowed other countries to take advantage of America’s wealth and power.
“Human Rights Council resolutions can give hope to people who are fighting for justice democracy and human rights and it can pave the way for accountability,” Haley said. “Civil society has also advanced the equal rights of women, an important theme of this session; based on my own experience, I know that when women can exercise their voices at the highest ranks in business and in government we all benefit and prosper.”
Time will tell if Haley’s warning was effective.