Haley: 'Something seriously wrong' at UNHRC

Ahead of her visit to Israel, Ambassador Nikki Haley calls on UN Human Rights Council to end its anti-Israel bias.

Ben Ariel,

Nikki Haley
Nikki Haley
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Ahead of her visit to Israel this week, the United States Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, is calling on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to end its anti-Israel bias.

In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, published on Friday ahead of her trip in which she is also scheduled to address the UNHRC in Geneva, Haley said the council must “end its practice of wrongly singling out Israel for criticism”.

“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 added.

“The presence of multiple human rights-violating countries on the Human Rights Council has damaged both the reputation of the council and the cause of human rights. When the world’s preeminent human rights body is turned into a haven for dictators, the idea of international cooperation in support of human dignity is discredited. Cynicism grows. There is already more than enough cynicism to go around these days,” wrote Haley.

“I believe the vision of the Human Rights Council is still achievable, but not without change. It is the responsibility of the United Nations to reclaim this vision and to restore the legitimacy of universal human rights,” she concluded.

Haley will become the first U.S. ambassador to address the rights council at a session on June 6 that will be followed by a speech on the U.S. role at the council.

From June 7 to 9, Haley will hold meetings with Israeli and Palestinian Arab leaders during her visit to Israel and visit a UN peacekeeping mission in the region.

Since taking office, Haley has made it a priority to end the UN’s anti-Israel bias. Last month, she urged the UN Security Council to devote less attention to the Arab-Israeli conflict and make Iran's "incredibly destructive" activities a priority in the Middle East.

Speaking at the AIPAC policy conference recently, the American ambassador said “there's a new sheriff in town” and vowed that “the days of Israel bashing [at the UN] are over”.


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