UNITED NATIONS – Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley criticized the U.N. Friday after its General Assembly elected new members to the controversial Human Rights Council — including countries with poor human rights records.
The 18 new members were selected from five regional blocs of countries, and their elections were largely predetermined since they were not challenged by other countries.
Of the 18, six are classified by U.N. Watch, a human rights watch group based in Switzerland, as human rights abusers — Somalia, Eritrea, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Philippines and Bahrain. Those countries will join other countries with poor human rights records, such as Cuba, China, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, on the world’s top human rights body.
While other countries with stronger human rights records were voted in — such as Argentina, Czech Republic and Denmark — the addition of those with poor records was cited as evidence by Haley that the U.S. was right to withdraw from the body earlier this year.
“Today, the U.N. chose new members for the Human Rights Council. Yet again, countries with poor human rights records ran uncontested. This lack of standards continues to undermine the organization and demonstrates again why the United States was right to withdraw from it earlier this year,” she said in a statement.
‘This lack of standards continues to undermine the organization and demonstrates again why the United States was right to withdraw from it earlier this year.’