The Senate is currently reviewing whether or not the U.S. should remain a party to the United Nation’s so-called Human Rights Council, and Trump’s ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley recently penned an op-ed for the Washington Post outlining the reasons why our country might just pull the plug. Not because the U.S. doesn’t support human rights – quite the opposite. It’s because this council, as Haley puts it, has become a “haven for dictators” to thrash Israel with resolution after resolution while pretending that countries like Venezuela and Cuba are paragons of virtue.
“Next week, I will travel to Geneva to address the Human Rights Council about the United States’ concerns,” Haley writes. “I will outline changes that must be made. Among other things, membership on the council must be determined through competitive voting to keep the worst human rights abusers from obtaining seats. As it stands, regional blocs nominate candidates that are uncontested. Competition would force a candidate’s human rights record to be considered before votes were cast. The council must also end its practice of wrongly singling out Israel for criticism. 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.”
Well, what do you think? Is there any chance that the UN is going to change its ways to satisfy the demands of the Trump administration? We’re guessing not. That will leave the ball in our court, and it’s probably time for us to take it and go home. We’re wasting enormous amounts of time and energy on UN agencies that do not share our democratic values and actively oppose our closest allies.
Enough is enough. We can fund and work with the UN when the body’s interests align with ours, but we must not continue to fund those agencies who prop up – nay, celebrate – dictatorial regimes that imprison and starve their own people.