EXCLUSIVE: Former UN Ambassador Nikki haley thursday tore President Biden’s to re-enter the UN Human Rights Council – which has been hampered by controversy over perpetrators of human rights violations among its members, and which Haley called a “sump.”
“If President Biden really cared about human rights, he would take us away from the cesspool of the UN Human Rights Council,” Haley said in a statement to Fox News.
The United States was elected to the council on Thursday after the Biden administration applied for membership earlier this year. This means the United States will return to the Council after the Trump administration left the Council in 2018 due to the body’s anti-Israel bias and human rights abusers among its members.
The current members of the Council are China, Cuba, Eritrea, Russia and Venezuela – which are among the most notorious perpetrators of human rights violations and brutal regimes in the world.
“America left her under President Trump because we refused to lend our credibility, as the most generous country in the world, to cover for the world’s worst tyrants and dictators,” Haley said. [Biden’s] today’s actions are not just embarrassing; they are dangerous. “
Critics accused the council of having a broad anti-Israel bias, noting that Israel is regularly discussed and condemned by the council, while human rights violations committed by other countries – including those advice – are ignored.
In 2020, 53 countries on the board, led by Cuba, spoke out in favor of China’s oppressive national security law – a law that formed the basis of the Communist regime’s crackdown on the people of Hong Kong.
It came after China was appointed to a board panel to help screen candidates for important positions.
Biden had promised that the United States would join the Council if elected to the White House, and that his administration would “work to ensure that this body truly lives up to its values.”
Countries on Thursday’s ballot with the United States include Eritrea, Somalia, India, Qatar, Honduras, Argentina and Luxembourg. In a statement, the current UN ambassador said the United States “will use all tools at its disposal, from introducing resolutions and amendments to exercising our vote when needed. Our objectives are clear: to support human rights defenders and denounce human rights violations and abuses. “
She also pledged that the United States would oppose “the disproportionate attention given to Israel” and “press against the election of countries with blatant human rights records and encourage those who are committed. to promote and protect human rights, both in their own country and abroad, to apply for membership. . “
Fox News’ Ben Evansky contributed to this report.