The United States has officially ended its membership on the United Nations Human Rights Council. Ambassador Nikki Haley did not mince words while making the announcement with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late Tuesday afternoon.
"For too long the human rights council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias," Haley said, adding that calls from the U.S. for the council to reform have not been heeded. "The world’s most inhumane regimes continue to escape scrutiny, and the council continues politicizing and scapegoating of countries with positive human rights records in an attempt to distract from the abusers in their ranks."
"Therefore, as we said we would do a year ago if we did not see any progress, the United States is officially withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council," she continued. "In doing so, I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from human rights commitments; on the contrary, we take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.
Tyrannical regimes like North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and others sit on the council.