Pence Blasts UN Human Rights Council In Speech To General Assembly

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Vice President Mike Pence said that the United Nations Human Rights Council “doesn’t deserve its name” in a speech to the UN General Assembly Wednesday.

“To keep the peace most effectively, this body must have the credibility to pursue peace by advancing the cause of human rights,” Pence stated. “The truth is, the UN Human Rights Council doesn’t deserve its name.”


Pence noted that the membership of the Human Rights Council “attracts and welcomes many of the worst human rights violators in the world.” This includes Cuba, “an oppressive regime,” and Venezuela, “a dictatorship that undermines democracy.”

Pence then called on the UN to “reform the membership and practices” of the Human Rights Council, particularly due to its biased critiques against Israel.

“The Human Rights Council has become a forum for antisemitism and invective against Israel,” Pence explained. “The Human Rights Council has passed more than 70 resolutions condemning Israel, while largely ignoring the world’s worst human rights abusers.”

In his speech, Pence also named Russia, “radical Islamic terrorism,” Iran, and North Korea as threats to world peace, and called on UN members to assist further in peacekeeping missions. (RELATED: Trump Warns US May ‘Have No Choice But To Destroy North Korea’ In First UN Speech)