June 20, 2018

As rumored, yesterday, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced that the Trump Administration was withdrawing the US from the UN Human Rights Council (note: it’s not the Human Rights Committee or Commission, but a 47-member body that supposedly promotes and protects human rights worldwide).  Naturally, this will be covered in the media as an “OUTRAGE!!!” (Trademark registered) and further proof that Trump hates humans. 


In explaining the decision, Ambassador Haley pointed out that the UN “Human Rights” Council (the quotation marks are well earned) is a “protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias” unworthy of its name, far more concerned with virtue signaling and partisan attacks than protecting human rights.  In fact, it’s actually damaging the cause of human rights.    


She noted that the “Human Rights” Council ignores widespread human rights abuses by other nations while relentlessly attacking Israel; and that earlier this year, it had passed five resolutions against Israel, more than the number passed against North Korea, Iran and Syria combined.


(Personal aside: I have been going to Israel at least a couple of times a year for decades.  It is an oasis of human rights in the Middle East, with a democratically-elected government that protects the rights of all residents, regardless of their religious beliefs.  If you think Israel is the worst human rights abuser in the Middle East, then ask yourself which you would rather be: a Muslim in Tel Aviv or a Jew in Iran or Syria?) 


The Council has also managed to ignore horrific human rights violations in countries such as China and Venezuela while condemning such terrible human rights abuses as the GOP tax cut in the US.  Yes, you heard right: that’s officially a human rights abuse according to them, because it allegedly contributes to income inequality due to more of the money going to wealthier people, who are the ones who pay most of the taxes.  This would fall under the “if you have to work that hard to explain why it’s a human rights abuse, then it’s not a human rights abuse” rule.


Haley said the US has worked to reform the Council for a year with no success and that every nation she’s met with agrees with the US behind closed doors, but won’t say so publicly (what a perfect summation that is of how the UN works.)  


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She said that if the UN reforms the Council, the US will consider returning.  I wouldn’t count on that, though.  After all, what does the UN “Human Rights” Council need with the US when it still has such stalwart guardians of human rights  as Angola, Pakistan, China, Cuba, Venezuela, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is almost as misleadingly named as the UN “Human Rights” Council?


Let critics call this US withdrawal from one UN council an “outrage” if they want.  I’d call it “a good start.”


At the link, more on the story, including video of Ambassador Haley’s statement.


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  • Caryn McDonaugh

    06/21/2018 11:16 AM

    that woman had nothing to say when her husband decided to settle his grudge against Saddam with the blood of American boys&girls - NEVERMIND ALL THE DEAD &MAIMED Iraqi CHILDREN! She had nothing to say about 4 dead Americans in Benghazi, she has nothing to say about all the dead American children killed by illegal aliens - when she came in to the WhiteHouse with her husband (we call him ‘the shmirk’) we thought “how nice, we’ll get a conservative woman who knows SHE wasn’t elected (we have that now, except Melania would be voted in) but it didn’t take long before it became obvious that she was far from conservative, her quiet ‘librarian’ act hid a very liberal woman with her own agenda -
    Laura Bush stood smiling next to her husband knowing that he was lying to you & me - where was her compassion for all the American families FOREVER separated from their loved ones & those who screamed in pain, like Cindy Sheehan (?) were mocked for ‘not seeing how evil Saddam is’ - Saddam was NOT a good guy, but unlike Iraq the way it is now, Non-Muslims lived in peace under Saddam - It never occurred to me that a sitting US president would use the presidency as a weapon to ‘pay back’ someone who hurt his daddy -
    But through all the blood shed, not one word from Laura Bush! To be honest, I have to admit that we saw that she was behind Bush’s open border policy, but I think her mouth would’ve stayed shut except that DJTrump has accomplished so much & where here husband will always be associated with war, Donald Trumps legacy will be PEACE (lol, Nevermind that it can be achieved through bombastic means at times)

  • Peggy Rendleman

    06/21/2018 10:02 AM

    Great move! Staying in the group lends tacit approval.

  • Peggy Rendleman

    06/21/2018 09:58 AM

    Great move! Staying in the group lends tacit approval.

  • Doris Wix

    06/20/2018 04:06 PM

    Thank you Governor for pointing out what this withdrawal is about; excuse I'm sure we'll not hear what it's really about from the regular media reporting. I'm amazed that the council sited the GOP tax cut a h/r abuse.??Ridiculous