US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley was quoted in a press release saying that the UN should be “ashamed” for allowing a known human rights violator to speak at the UN Human Rights Council annual session in Geneva.
US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley Photo Credit: Screenshot from Twitter
On Sunday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley slammed the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) for inviting Iranian Justice Minister Alireza Avayi, known for human rights violations, to speak in Geneva this week for the HRC’s annual session.
In a press release, Haley stated that the UN should be “ashamed” for allowing a person such as Avayi to speak at the HRC body. Haley continued, “Yet again the Council discredits itself by allowing serial human rights abusers to highjack its work and make a mockery of its mandate to promote universal human rights.”
“This does nothing but reinforce the United States’ call for much needed reforms at the Council for it to be viewed as a good investment of our time and money,” said Haley. Last week, several other officials condemned the plan to host Avayi speak at the HRC body in Geneva. Protests are expected to take place when the minister is scheduled to arrive and speak.
“The Human Rights Council should be ashamed to allow Mr. Avaei to address its membership. Yet again the Council discredits itself by allowing serial human rights abusers to highjack its work and make a mockery of its mandate to promote universal human rights.” -Ambassador Haley pic.twitter.com/okyWfG1b50
— US Mission to the UN (@USUN) February 25, 2018
The European Union sanctioned Avayi in 2011 for human rights abuses he committed as Tehran’s former top prosecutor. Exiled Iranian opposition members have accused Avayi of playing a role in the massacre of political prisoners in 1988.