Ha­ley be­rates U.N. rights coun­cil, de­mands re­forms

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GENEVA | The U.S. am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions on Tues­day be­rated the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s top hu­man rights body, call­ing it a “fo­rum for pol­i­tics, hypocrisy and eva­sion” that al­lows rights abusers to white­wash their images and foes of Is­rael to crit­i­cize the Jewish state un­fairly.

Nikki Ha­ley, in the first visit to the Hu­man Rights Coun­cil by Amer­ica’s top diplo­mat at the U.N., trained most of her fo­cus on abuses by Venezuela, fol­low­ing up with more crit­i­cism later at an aca­demic fo­rum in Geneva, where she dan­gled the pos­si­bil­ity that the U.S. could quit the coun­cil.

“In case af­ter case, it has been a fo­rum for pol­i­tics, hypocrisy and eva­sion, not the fo­rum for con­science that its founders en­vi­sioned,” she said at the Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute. “If it fails to change, then we must pur­sue the ad­vance­ment of hu­man rights out­side the coun­cil.”

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