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TEL AVIV – U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley slammed the United Nations Human Rights Council as being a “bully pulpit for human rights violators” and said that its controversial Agenda Item 7 is designed to undermine Israel’s existence in an interview with the Heritage Foundation in Washington on Wednesday.
She defended her country’s withdrawal from the council, saying it was the UN’s “greatest failure.”
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“More often, the Human Rights Council has provided cover, not condemnation, for the world’s most inhumane regimes. It has been a bully pulpit for human rights violators,” she told the think tank.
During its attempts to reform the council the U.S. tried unsuccessfully get rid of Agenda Item 7, which mandates that alleged Israeli human rights abuses are discussed at each session.
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“This is the permanent part of the Human Rights Council agenda that is devoted exclusively to Israel,” Haley told the Heritage Foundation.
“No other country — not Iran, not Syria, not North Korea — has an agenda item devoted solely to it. Agenda Item 7 is not directed at anything Israel does. It is directed at the very existence of Israel. It is a blazing red siren signaling the Human Rights Council’s political corruption and moral bankruptcy,” she said.
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Prior to leaving the council, the U.S. engaged in a yearlong diplomatic campaign with more than 125 member states to discuss reforms, Haley said. “In the end, the United States couldn’t convince enough countries to stand up and declare that the Human Rights Council was no...
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