U.S. Calls for Change in U.N. Human Rights Council

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The United States called on Tuesday for the United Nations Human Rights Council to change how it operates, demanding fairer treatment of Israel.

Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, said the U.S. was "looking carefully at its participation," according to the New York Times:

Ms. Haley said it was hard to accept that the council had passed five "biased" resolutions against Israel in March, but had never passed a resolution against Venezuela, whose government continues to crack down on the opposition amid an economic crisis.

There has been speculation the U.S. might leave the Human Rights Council entirely, fueled in part by an editorial Haley penned last week in the Washington Post.

"When the council passes more than 70 resolutions against Israel, a country with a strong human rights record, and just seven resolutions against Iran, a country with an abysmal human rights record, you know something is seriously wrong," she wrote in the Post, questioning "whether the Human Rights Council actually supports human rights or is merely a showcase for dictatorships that use their membership to whitewash brutality."

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