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  • The former ambassador to the United Nations argued the organization should be focused on human rights abuses in China and elsewhere.
  • “You’ve got a million Muslim Uighurs that are being tortured. You’ve got people being bullied and beaten in the streets of Cuba. You’ve got Venezuelans that are arresting political protesters,” she told Fox News Wednesday.
  • The criticism was prompted by Blinken’s announcement Tuesday that the U.S. extended an offer for an official visit to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism and the U.N. Special Rapporteur on minority issues.

Former ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed the Biden administration following Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s invitation to U.N. experts who investigate racism and minority issues to visit the U.S. 

During an interview with Fox News’ “The Story” Wednesday, Haley called the move “flat-out insane” and said the organization should be focused on human rights abuses in China and elsewhere.

“You’ve got a million Muslim Uighurs that are being tortured. You’ve got people being bullied and beaten in the streets of Cuba. You’ve got Venezuelans that are arresting political protesters, all of which Biden chooses to sit with on the Human Rights Council. And the U.S. is asking the United Nations, a cesspool of political bias, to come into the United States and investigate us on human rights,” Haley said. 

“We look so ridiculous in the eyes of the world right now. I can't even imagine what the world is thinking. I can't imagine what those ambassadors at the U.N. are thinking,” she said. 

“This is dangerous, it’s incredibly dangerous,” she added. 

The criticism was prompted by Blinken’s announcement Tuesday that the U.S. extended an offer for an official visit to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism and the U.N. Special Rapporteur on minority issues. Invitations to other U.N. experts who “report and advise on thematic human rights issues” are imminent. 

Rapporteurs are independent experts appointed by the U.N. Human Rights Council. 


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The invitation follows a recent report from the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Human Rights on racism and police brutality against people of African descent, which included cases in the U.S., such as the police killing of George Floyd. 

“Responsible nations must not shrink from scrutiny of their human rights record; rather, they should acknowledge it with the intent to improve,” Blinken said in a statement

“I urge all UN member states to join the United States in this effort, and confront the scourge of racism, racial discrimination, and xenophobia. Because when all people – regardless of their race or ethnicity – are free to live up to their full potential, our collective security is strengthened,” he said. 


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Published on Jul 15, 2021