The United Nations Human Rights Council isn’t exactly well named. Given the prevalence of violent, repressive autocracies on the Human Rights Council, it’s a bit like calling norovirus “an excellent weight loss strategy,” a trip to jail a “taxpayer-funded resort vacation” or a Celine Dion album “good.”
Well, according to The Associated Press, Donald Trump and his administration aren’t going to play along. According to unnamed senior administration officials, the American delegation walked out of a Monday meeting of the Human Rights Council as a protest against the council’s anti-Israel slant.
According to Breitbart, the boycott had to do with “a recurring agenda item at the council, which focuses on Israel and the Palestinian territories — the only one of its kind to focus on a single country at every HRC session.”
“Today’s actions in the council are yet another reminder of that body’s long-standing bias against Israel,” said State Department spokesman Mark Toner in a statement.
“No other nation has an entire agenda item dedicated to it at the council,” Warner said. “The continued existence of this agenda item is among the largest threats to the credibility of the council.”
The Washington Free Beacon reported that the “increased pressure on the U.N. is part of a larger effort by U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley to significantly reform the international organization and root out those who use it as a platform to push anti-Israel initiatives.”
“The argument that the U.S. has to participate in bodies like the United Nations Human Rights Council or risk losing our influence over it is ridiculous,” one official said, likening the council to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, which was disbanded in 2006. “The UNHRC is, like its predecessor, morally bankrupt and the only good news is that its actions have little practical effect in the real world. We’ve wasted enough time and money on it.”
That isn’t the only problem with the Human Rights Council. Here are some of the autocracies and nations with human rights issues currently elected to the HRC: Saudi Arabia, Cuba, China, Venezuela, Republic of the Congo, and Qatar. Now there’s a group that should be passing judgment on Israel.
If this rogues’ gallery wants to take part in anti-Semitic nonsense, they can do that without the United States. And, if the Trump administration has its way, they can do it without our money, too.
During the Obama administration, the United States went along with the U.N.’s anti-Israel bias. It’s a different America than it was under Barack Obama, and the United Nations is about to find that out.
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