The United States on June 19 said it withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council after an unsuccessful effort to reform the council.
“When a so-called Human Rights Council cannot bring itself to address the massive abuses in Venezuela and Iran, and it welcomes the Democratic Republic of Congo as a new member, the council ceases to be worthy of its name,” U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said.
Haley said the “self-serving” council “in fact, damages the cause of human rights.”
U.S. President Donald Trump said at the UN General Assembly in September 2017: “It is a massive source of embarrassment to the United Nations that some governments with egregious human rights records sit on the Human Rights Council.”
Haley, on June 19, said “it is now clear that our call for reform was not heeded. Human rights abusers continue to serve on and be elected to the council.”
The election of Democratic Republic of Congo as a council member infuriated the U.S. “The DRC is widely known to have one of the worst human rights records in the world,” Haley said. “Even as it was being elected to membership in the Human Rights Council, mass graves continued to be discovered in the Congo.”
The U.S., Haley said, sought “to stop the council from protecting the world’s worst human rights abusers. What happened? The council would not even have a meeting on the human rights conditions in Venezuela. Why? Because Venezuela is a member of the Human Rights Council, as is Cuba, as is China.”
The council also failed to respond in December and January “when the Iranian regime killed and arrested hundreds of citizens simply for expressing their views,” Haley said.
Full article: U.S. withdraws from ‘self-serving’ UN Human Rights Council (World Tribune)