by Rick Moran
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote in a letter to 9 non profit groups this week that the US would leave the UN Human Rights Council unless the organization undertakes "considerable reform."
“While it may be the only such organization devoted to human rights, the Human Rights Council requires considerable reform in order for us to continue to participate”
The UNHRC may be the silliest organization in the UN. To allow countries like Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, and China to sit in judgment on any country's human rights record is beyond absurd. Somehow, the UNHRC never gets around to examining the human rights record of most of those states and instead, concentrates its fire on the US and Israel - two of the most liberal, tolerant democracies in the world.
“While it may be the only such organization devoted to human rights, the Human Rights Council requires considerable reform in order for us to continue to participate,” he wrote in a letter to nine nonprofit organizations this week, according to Foreign Policy.It's not that many nations on the UNHRC do not live up to human rights standards established by the western democracies. They don't even live up to standards written down in the UN charter! It's long past time for the US to stand up to this bullying by human rights abusers who use their seat on the UNHRC to lecture their betters.
Tillerson told the U.N. advocates and human rights groups that the U.S. “continues to evaluate the effectiveness” of the council but is skeptical about being in a group with nations such as China, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which have poor human rights records, Foreign Policy reported.
Tillerson added that the U.S. would keep participating in the 47-member council's ongoing session while U.S. officials would “reiterate our strong principled objection to the Human Rights Council’s biased agenda against Israel.”
Multiple State Department aides told Foreign Policy that U.S. withdrawal from the council is not imminent but remains a real possibility.
“If they don’t make these reforms, we’re going to question the value of our membership,” a senior aide to Tillerson said. "We’re not taking withdrawal off the table. Our aim is to fix the organization.”
Foreign Policy noted Tillerson was responding to a Feb. 9 letter from the nine groups including the Better World Campaign and Freedom House, among others.
The collection argued the U.S. could better help Israel by remaining on the council and added the organization has helped hold the world’s worst human rights abusers accountable.
“American leadership in the Council over the last seven years has helped shift that dynamic,” they wrote, referencing the Obama administration’s move to join the U.N. council in 2009.
The Trump administration is looking at the entire US contribution to the UN and will demand reforms across the board. Enough is enough. Finally, an administration in Washington is willing to stand up to the international thugs, the hypocrites, the cynical manipulators at the UN who, as a matter of course, oppose US policies.
Currently, the US funds about 22% of the UN's budget. What makes this so outrageous is that the financial contributions from larger nations is only a fraction of what the US pays:
You will note that China pays about 2/3 less than the US despite it having a population 3 times our size. And the US pays nearly 7 times more than Russia who is a constant irritant in the side of the US on the Security Council and twice our size in population.
Incredibly, India is ranked 24th in payments to the UN despite a population of more than a billion people.
Oil states flush with cash pay a pittance. Many UN member states are in arrears, not paying anything for years. Cutting a few billion dollars from the US contribution only means that the UN will be forced to assess payments in a more equitable manner.
And if they don't? Leftists, one world government supporters, and human rights groups will blame the US for "stupid and cruel" cuts to a useless organization. But the White House doesn't answer to the rest of the world. They answer to the American taxpayer.
And it's about time someone stood up to the UN bullies on their behalf.
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