Do Not Give Up on UN Human Rights Council

Target: Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State

Goal: Reverse U.S. pullout of UN Human Rights Council

Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, announced that the United States would be stepping away from its seat on the UN Human Rights Council. Rather than staying to promote reform and protect human rights around the world, the Trump administration has instead continued to simply reverse strides made by the previous administration in global agreements that promote the interests of all countries, not just our own. The administration remains single-minded on foreign policy regardless of the human rights consequences.

The Human Rights Council is a 47-member organization within the UN that was formed to promote and protect human rights worldwide. Members are elected by the UN General Assembly and sit for three-year terms. The U.S. is now leaving in the middle of its term, an unprecedented move in the history of the council. Haley’s publicly announced justification for leaving is the corruption and hypocrisy of the council, including severe human rights violations by some members. While that may be the case, her rhetoric prior to today focused on defending Israel despite their documented human rights violations against Palestinians. Haley is right to note the hypocrisy, though she failed to mention our own, yet that is not enough reason to turn our backs on international human rights crises.

The U.S. has played an important role in defending human rights internationally, recently assisting in investigations of alleged human rights violations in South Sudan, Cambodia, and the Congo. Our departure from the Human Rights Council and the Trump administration’s continued isolationist attitude could have severe consequences, encouraging repeat human rights offenders around the world. Sign the petition to demand a reversal of the U.S. departure from the UN Human Rights Council.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Pompeo,

The Trump administration is continuing to turn its back on global human rights issues, and it is an outrage. Pulling out from the UN Human Rights Council could have dire consequences to lives around the globe. Despite the council’s supposed corruption and hypocrisy, removing the U.S.’s powerful influence and leaving a vacant seat could do more harm than good in terms of the message this move is supposed to be sending. Countries with repeated violations of human rights will have no impetus to stop. Recent progress in rooting out human rights violations in countries like the Congo and Cambodia is good, but our work is not over.

Many nations have committed violations of human rights, including here at home. One only has to look at our border detention centers. So why is the line drawn at Israel? These terrible actions, our own included, need to be policed by a world leader. The U.S. should be that leader in human rights and promote good around the world. You may think you are sending a message to member nations on their hypocrisy, but we will no longer have the support of other council members in promoting human rights. Do not allow the U.S. to pull out of the UN Human Rights Council.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. gen agustsson says:

    gov is failing to protect full human rights.

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