US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley spoke out in defense of Israel just a week prior to her visit to the country in an opinion article she penned for the Washington Post, bashing the UN’s Human Rights Council for what she deemed as its biased approach and harsh and unfair judgement of the Jewish state.
“The council must end its practice of wrongly singling out Israel for criticism,” the US envoy wrote in the article, which appeared Friday night. “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 continued.
Haley made the aforementioned statement as part of a description of the grievances she said she would like to air with the Human Rights Council, which she is expected to address in Geneva, Switzerland on June 6 before paying an official visit to Israel.
“Next week, I will travel to Geneva to address the Human Rights Council about the United States’ concerns. I will outline changes that must be made,” Haley announced, before going on to describe several issues she believes the council overlooks or does not tackle properly.
Haley provided examples to reinforce her claim, pointing to the human rights crises taking place in Cuba, in Venezuela and in Ukraine. “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 charged.
She went on the explain that the US was seriously considering pulling out from the council, adding that a Senate subcommittee gathered to discuss the issue. “The question was whether the Human Rights Council actually supports human rights or is merely a showcase for dictatorships that use their membership to whitewash brutality,” Haley added.