The Trump Administration ditched the body in 2018, calling it the “UN’s greatest failure.”
President Joe Biden’s administration is excepted to join the United Nations Human Rights Council, a body governed by rogue regimes. It is notorious for denouncing the United States and its allies, particularly Israel.
President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the rights body in June 2018. The then-U.S. envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, described the council as a “hypocritical” body which “makes a mockery of human rights.” As Haley pointed out, the UNHRC’s “disproportionate focus and unending hostility toward Israel” served as a “clear proof that the council is motivated by political bias, not by human rights.”
The 47-member U.N. rights council, which comprises a rotating membership of Islamic Sharia-governed states, Socialist dictatorships, and other failing Third-World nations, is obsessed with the Jewish State. According to an estimate, about 25 percent of all condemnation resolutions passed by the body were against Israel. Similar anti-Israel resolutions were passed in 2020 as well.
The Biden White House, stacked with former President Barack Obama staffers, now wants the U.S. to ‘re-engage’ with this discredited and morally corrupt body.
The Associated Press reported Monday:
The Biden administration is set to announce this week that it will reengage with the much-maligned U.N. Human Rights Council that former President Donald Trump withdrew from almost three years ago, U.S. officials said Sunday. The decision reverses another Trump-era move away from multilateral organizations and agreements.
U..S. officials say Secretary of State Antony Blinken and a senior U.S. diplomat in Geneva will announce on Monday that Washington will return to the Geneva-based body as an observer with an eye toward seeking election as a full member. The decision is likely to draw criticism from conservative lawmakers and many in the pro-Israel community.
Trump pulled out of the world body’s main human rights agency in 2018 due to its disproportionate focus on Israel, which has received by far the largest number of critical council resolutions against any country, as well as the number of authoritarian countries among its members and because it failed to meet an extensive list of reforms demanded by then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
In addition to the council’s persistent focus on Israel, the Trump administration took issue with the body’s membership, which currently includes China, Cuba, Eritrea, Russia and Venezuela, all of which have been accused of human rights abuses.
One senior U.S. official said the Biden administration believed the council must still reform but that the best way to promote change is to “engage with it in a principled fashion.” The official said it can be “an important forum for those fighting tyranny and injustice around the world” and the U.S. presence intends to “ensure it can live up to that potential.”
Nikki Haley: “Human Rights Council is UN’s greatest failure”
The past and current members of the U.N. body include the world’s leading human rights violators, such as China, Cuba, Pakistan, and Venezuela. Around 60 percent of the UNHRC members were “non-democracies,” a 2020 estimate by the watchdog group UN Watch shows.
While demonizing Israel — the only democracy in the Middle East — at every possible opportunity, the council plays cheerleader to real human rights violators.
In November 2019, the body applauded Iran for its human rights record. The resolution lauding Tehran was passed by 95 to 111. The vote came when the regime was involved in the brutal suppression of a pro-democracy uprising, murdering over a thousand demonstrators and incarcerating several thousand others.
The push to join the rights council comes as the Biden White House takes significant steps towards reversing the course set by Trump. Filling the administration’s ranks with Obama alumni, the Biden-Harris presidency heralds the return of globalist and appeasement policies followed by the last Democratic-run White House.
The Biden administration plans include re-entering the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The deal, advocated by Obama and negotiated by his Secretary of State John Kerry, handed billions of dollars to the terror-sponsoring Iranian regime. However, Iran failed to dismantle its nuclear weapons capabilities or stop it from ramping up its long-range ballistic missile program.
Last month, Biden returned the U.S. to the Obama-era Paris agreement abandoned by Trump in 2017.
“The Paris accord was not designed to save the environment, it was designed to kill the American economy,” Trump warned last November. “I refused to surrender millions of American jobs and send trillions of Americans dollars to the world’s worst polluters and environmental offenders.”
Kerry, who signed the 2016 Paris agreement, will now ensure U.S. compliance to the pact as Biden’s new Climate czar.
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