Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday slammed the Biden administration’s transfer to reclaim a seat on the controversial Human Rights Council – noting that the Geneva-based physique’s desk consists of “tyrants & dictators.”
“The Biden admin needs a seat again on the desk w/ tyrants & dictators,” Haley tweeted.
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“The US shouldn’t give credibility to the sham UN Human Rights Council,” she mentioned. “A bunch that covers for the world’s worst human rights violators and spends most of its time attacking Israel.”
Haley was reacting to Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s announcement Wednesday that the U.S. will push for a seat on the council – which the U.S. left in 2018 over its membership and anti- U.S. bias. Biden had promised to rejoin the council through the 2020 presidential marketing campaign.
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Haley was U.N. ambassador when the U.S. left and described the council in no unsure phrases at the moment as “”a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias.”
Her remarks had been bolstered in subsequent years by the continued election of nations with poor information on human rights to the council. Cuba, China and Russia had been elected the council final 12 months. Saudi Arabia was on the poll however did not drum up sufficient assist to win a seat.
The Trump administration branded their election a “mockery.”
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A 12 months earlier, the U.N. Common Meeting elected Libya, Sudan and Venezuela to the Council. Venezuela specifically drew astonishment for its election, contemplating it has seen large human rights abuses and mass poverty below the socialist Maduro regime.
In July, 53 international locations on the U.N., led by Cuba, got here out in assist of China’s nationwide safety legislation – a legislation that has fashioned the idea of the crackdown on the individuals of Hong Kong.
On Wednesday, Blinken mentioned the U.S. will search a three-year time period beginning subsequent 12 months, whereas additionally acknowledging that the physique is in want of reform and must cease focusing a lot on Israel.
He additionally raised concern about Chinese language abuses of minorities within the Xinjiang area and the Russian crackdown towards opposition politicians and protesters.
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“America is putting democracy and human rights on the middle of our international coverage as a result of they’re important for peace and stability,” Blinken mentioned.
Blinken additionally mentioned international locations “with the worst human rights document shouldn’t be members of this council.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.