After a few pro-Israel speeches at the UN, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley spoke in front of the UN Human Rights Council, becoming the first US Permanent Representative to address the international body in Geneva. “It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it wants to maintain its credibility,” Haley said.
Watch: Nikki Haley slams UN Human Rights Council for anti-Israel bias
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley participated in a discussion held by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday and criticized the body for its anti-Israel perspective. Haley said that the US is currently considering the possibility of pulling out of the UN Human Rights Council.
Haley slammed the international body for not passing a single resolution against Venezuela for human rights violations but adopting at least five resolutions against Israel since March. “It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it wants to maintain its credibility,” Haley said.
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The US ambassador to the UN stressed that a country that violates human rights has no place in the council. Haley also reminded the members of the council: “As you know, the United States is looking carefully at this council and our participation in it.”
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In an opinion piece published by the Washington Post last week, Haley wrote that she plans to stress the importance of implementing changes within the council during her upcoming speech in Geneva. “The council must also end its practice of wrongly singling out Israel for criticism,” she wrote. “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.”