US Ambassador to the United Nations has announced the United States will withdraw from the UN human rights council, lambasting it as a “cesspool of political bias” that is actively anti-Israel while ignoring blatant rights abuses elsewhere across the globe.
In response, Amnesty International went viral with a sarcastic tweet meant to mock Haley’s move.
Pro-life activist Obianuju Ekeocha posted a powerful response – but first, here’s the bizarre and unprofessional tweet by the human rights organization:
Ten good reasons for the #US to leave the UN Human Rights Council.
(there are none)
— AmnestyInternational (@amnesty) June 19, 2018
Ekeocha responded with 10 reasons of her own:
1. UN supports Abortion
4.Silent on real human rights abuses
5. Deafeningly silent on genocide of Christians in ME
6. Promotes anti-family lifestyles
7.Supports Hypersexualization of children
8. Supports pop-control
10.Prefers liberalism https://t.co/WCUvqkOqyc
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) June 20, 2018
“Too many commitments have gone unfulfilled,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following the decision. “President Trump wants to move the ball forward. From day one he has called out institutions or countries who say one thing and do another, and that’s precisely the problem at the human rights council.”
Haley explained that she had traveled to the council’s headquarters in Geneva a year ago to try and urge reform, but was unsuccessful. “Regrettably it is now clear that our call for reform was not heeded,” Haley told reporters at the state department, as reported by the Guardian. “Human rights abusers continue to serve on, and be elected to, the council.”
Yesterday, Haley tweeted that the council was “not worth its name” due to its inclusion of countries such as China, Cuba, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Venezuela – all of whom have horrific track records of human rights abuses at the hands of governing authorities. “The world’s most inhumane regimes continue to escape scrutiny and the council continues politicising and scapegoating of countries with positive human rights records in an attempt to distract from the abusers in their ranks,” she said in her announcement.
“For too long the human rights council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias.”
The United Nations describes the council as “an inter-governmental body within the United Nations” that is “responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.” Leaders within the council were clearly frustrated at America’s exit from the group, with the UN Human Rights Office tweeting a message from High commissioner of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raad Al Hussein:
"Disappointing, if not really surprising, news. Given the state of #HumanRights in today's world, the US should be stepping up, not stepping back" — UN Human Rights Chief #Zeid following USA decision to withdraw from U.N. Human Rights Council.#StandUp4HumanRights
— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) June 19, 2018
However, other world leaders were utterly delighted. “Israel thanks President Trump, Secretary Pompeo and Ambassador Haley for their courageous decision against the hypocrisy and the lies of the so-called UN Human Rights Council,” tweeted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “For years, the UNHRC has proven to be a biased, hostile, anti-Israel organization that has betrayed its mission of protecting human rights.”
Israel thanks President Trump, Secretary Pompeo and Ambassador Haley for their courageous decision against the hypocrisy and the lies of the so-called UN Human Rights Council.
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) June 19, 2018