In an op-ed in the Washington Post Amb. Haley writes, “All too often…the victims of the world’s most egregious human rights violations are ignored by the very organization that is supposed to protect them,” called on council to “end its practice of wrongly singling out Israel for criticism,” curious “whether the Human Rights Council actually supports human rights” or whether it is “merely a showcase for dictatorships that use their membership to whitewash brutality.”
US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the UN’s Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday that changes need to be made regarding the body’s approach to Israel.
Haley said the US was “looking carefully” at its role on the body and saw “some areas for significant strengthening”.
She said it was “hard to accept” the fact that five resolutions had been passed against Israel, but none had been considered on Venezuela.
Haley has hinted previously at the possibility of the US withdrawing from the council over its treatment of Israel and wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Post published Friday accusing the council of “singling out Israel.”
In the piece, she sharply criticizes the council, for “white washing” brutality and calls on the 47-member body to “end its practice of wrongly singling out Israel for criticism.”
“When the council passes more than 70 resolutions against Israel, a country with a strong human rights record, and just seven resolutions against Iran, a country with an abysmal human rights record, you know something is seriously wrong,” she noted.
Haley will reportedly decide later this month whether the US will remain in the council, sparking alarm among Western activists who warned that a withdrawal could be counterproductive and lead to further unfair targeting of Israel “to an even greater degree.”
Last month, a US Senate subcommittee met to consider the possibility of the US’ withdrawal, she said in the op-ed, adding that “of course” the US “strongly” supports human rights, but questions “whether the Human Rights Council actually supports human rights” or whether it is “merely a showcase for dictatorships that use their membership to whitewash brutality.”
“All too often…the victims of the world’s most egregious human rights violations are ignored by the very organization that is supposed to protect them,” she declares in the piece.
Haley has won applause from the Israeli government for pledging to stand up to what she has termed “Israel-bashing” at the United Nations.
Following the Geneva meeting, Haley will visit Israel on her second ever foreign trip as ambassador, where she will hold meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders and visit a UN peacekeeping mission in the region.
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