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.)
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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