08 June 2017

Nikki Haley: US may leave Human Rights Council

On 6 June 2017, Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, spoke at the Graduate Institute about the US’s troubled relationship with the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC).

Citing the need to “resuscitate” the Human Rights Council, Amb. Haley called for two specific changes: “First, the UN must act to keep the worst human rights abusers from obtaining seats on the Council. Second, the Council’s Agenda Item Seven [Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories] must be removed.”

Addressing concerns that the United States would quit the HRC, she said the Trump administration was “not going to commit today whether we're going to stay in or out of the Human Rights Council" while admitting to a “growing suspicion that it is not a good investment of our time, money, and national prestige.”

Her talk, which you can read here, was moderated by Graduate Institute professor David Sylvan and organised with the United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, with the support of Club Diplomatique de Genève. A video of the event is available below.