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Why We’re Leaving the So-Called Human Rights Council

6/20/18
by Nikki Haley,
from The Wall Street Journal,
6/19/18:

Allies said U.S. participation was the last shred of credibility left in the organization.

There is an international organization whose members include the repressive regimes of Cuba, Venezuela and China. This organization recently added the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is obstructing an investigation into the murder within its borders of two United Nations human-rights experts. In the past decade, this organization has passed more resolutions to condemn Israel specifically than to condemn Syria, Iran and North Korea combined. Most people would not imagine that such an organization would be dedicated to protecting human rights. Yet all of these details describe the misnamed U.N. Human Rights Council. In truth, the council provides cover for governments with awful human-rights records, and it refuses to eliminate its Agenda Item 7, which targets Israel unfairly by mandating that each session include a discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After more than a year of unsuccessful efforts to fix these fundamental defects, the U.S. delegation announced Tuesday our withdrawal from the council. Our country will no longer be party to this deeply flawed institution, which harms the cause of human rights more than it helps it. There are two major reasons that so many countries have resisted U.S.-led reform efforts.

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