WATCH: Nikki Haley Announces US’ Withdrawal From UN “Human Rights” Council
Nikki Haley is now officially the mic drop queen of the UN. And it’s honestly exactly what we’ve needed in the US’ representation at the global governance organization, where we provide 22% of their budget and yet frequently enjoy constant brow-beating and finger-wagging for operating as the sovereign nation that we are from countries with heinous human rights abuses.
Haley is not playing ball anymore, particularly with the “Human Rights Council”, which she announced our withdrawal from in absolutely epic fashion this week.
Fox News has the story:
The Trump administration announced Tuesday it was withdrawing the U.S. from the United Nations Human Rights Council, with U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley calling the 47-member council “a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias.”
Haley noted the move came after a year where “we did not see any progress.”
No country has ever dropped out of the Human Rights Council, making this move from Haley unprecedented. Lybia was kicked out seven years ago, but countries like Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Cuba, and even Venezuela sit on the council, making a mockery of the entire concept of a human rights council.
This is not the first time Haley has brought up the possibility of leaving, and it definitely has something to do with their hypocritical stance on Israel Fox explains:
Haley threatened the pullout last year, citing longstanding U.S. complaints that the council showed a “chronic bias” against Israel. Calling it “an organization that is not worthy of its name,” Haley decried the membership of countries like China, Cuba and Venezuela — which also have been slammed for human-rights violations.
The announcement, though, also came just a day after the U.N. human rights chief denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents.
“I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from our human rights commitments. On the contrary. We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights,” Haley said. “We did not make this decision lightly. When this administration began 17 months ago, we were well aware of the enormous flaws in the Human Rights Council. We could have withdrawn immediately. We did not do that. Instead, we made a good faith effort to resolve the problems.”
Israel, one of our lone allies in the UN, and certainly a nation that seems to only be able to rely on us as well, was understandably quite pleased with this dramatic move.
“The Human Rights Council has long been the foe of those who truly care about human rights around the world. The United States has proven, yet again, its commitment to truth and justice and their unwillingness to allow the blind hatred of Israel in international institutions to stand unchallenged,” Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon reacted. “We thank President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador Nikki Haley for their leadership and call on the moral majority at the UN to hold all of its institutions accountable.”
The global community has been able to chastise the US while enjoying our unmatched aid and military presence around the world. This kind of shaking up at the UN is long overdue, and we just love watching Haley doing the shaking!
Here’s here full speech, well worth watching: