Former UN ambassador Nikki Haley He warned on Monday that President Biden could move to return to the controversial join United Nations Human Rights Council It will “fly in the face” of the struggle for human rights.
“The United Nations Human Rights Council is a hotbed of political bias that makes fun of human rights,” Haley wrote on Twitter.
She said: “If Biden returns to the Council, whose membership includes dictatorial regimes and some of the world’s worst human rights violators, he will stand up to our struggle for human rights.”
Haley was part of the Trump administration in 2018 when it withdrew the United States from the Human Rights Council. When she announced this decision, she used similar language at the time, describing it as “a protector of human rights violators and a hotbed of political bias.”
Critics, of whom Haley is perhaps the most famous, pointed out Board membership, Which currently includes countries like Cuba, China, and Russia – all elected in 2020.
In 2019, the United Nations General Assembly elected Libya, Sudan and Venezuela to the council.
Critics have also accused the council of sweeping bias towards Israel, noting that Israel is regularly discussed and condemned by the council, while human rights violations by other states – including council member states – are ignored.
Biden promised to return to the council, but he has not yet set standards for the reforms he might demand before the United States submits a new request. Biden has also moved to join the World Health Organization (WHO), from which then-US President Donald Trump withdrew last year.
Biden said in a statement: “We will return to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations and work to ensure that this body adheres to its values.” Medium participation.
He also criticized Trump administration election of Cuba to council – although Cuba was also a member of the council during the Obama administration.
at the same time, Former UN Ambassador Kelly Craft He recently called for a number of reforms that the Biden administration must demand before returning to the board.
“The council in its composition and its current trend is failing to live up to its name,” Kraft said.
“It is an insult to millions around the world who are being oppressed and persecuted for seeking to use their God-given rights,” she said in a speech she gave in December. “It is an insult to the human rights defenders who are eager to support the United Nations.”
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