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Haley announces US withdrawal from the UN human rights Council
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, he blasted the Council for its ” politicized the scapegoat of the countries with positive human rights record.’
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has chalked out to secure another victory, an arms embargo against South Sudan-something that eluded the Obama administration.
South Sudan, which declared its independence from Sudan in 2011, he has been of conflict and violence since 2013. But an arms embargo resolution introduced, which was rejected by the United States during the Obama administration, by the security Council in 2016.
The resolution on Friday squeaked by, only picking up the nine votes necessary to pass. France, the ivory coast, the Netherlands, Kuwait, Peru, Poland, the UK and Sweden supported the United States, While non-members voted against the measure, Russia, China, Bolivia, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, and Kazakhstan-all abstained.
In the resolution, the travel ban and asset freeze on top South Sudanese official and a former army chief is imposed additionally. Opponents of the arms embargo and had warned that it could derail the peace negotiations with the South Sudan representative to describe the resolution as a “slap in the face”.
“Decision-making in a time when the peace process to progress, positive progress, that is, the balance sheet, for the parties to the negotiations,” he said. “The opposition that the security Council is on your side, so why should you negotiate really? That is why this resolution is regrettable.”
But Haley, in line with the fighting style she has brought to the role, since she was the Ambassador last year, was harsh in their criticism of the South Sudanese leaders, as well as the previous inaction of the security Council before the vote.
“South Sudan’s people have endured untold suffering and unspeakable atrocities. Their leaders don’t have you,” she said. “The security Council had the opportunity to help to put an end to it, but we don’t. We carry this burden with us. The United States are determined that we will not turn our backs on South Sudan, the people back.”
Haley is a frequent critic of “business-as-usual at the U. N. recently, the U. N. Human Rights Council defendant as a “protector of human rights abused, and a cesspool of the political spectrum”, as they announced America’s withdrawal from the controversial body.
A security Council diplomats noted that the previous attempts that had failed by the previous administration, and suggested that Haley was the key factor in securing the resolution of the passage.
“I think, Ambassador Haley’s new approach contributed to the topic will surely garner support for the measure this time,” the diplomat told Fox News. “It is a very important step forward for the Council and the South Sudanese people.”
Haley visited the country in October and will be evacuated had erupted from a warehouse to violence. In remarks released later, she said that what she saw “is not what we thought we were investing in,” a reference to the U.S. position as the top donor for the young nation.
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“What we thought we were investing in was a free, just society where people could be safe and in South Sudan is the opposite of this,” she said at the time.
A recent U. N. report found that in six weeks, 232 civilians were killed, including 35 children and 120 women and girls have been raped, or raped, while 63 children, the elderly and the disabled were burned alive. The security Council had threatened an arms embargo in may, but it was not clear whether it will follow through.
The Ethiopian Ambassador was one of the voices, the notice in the security Council against the US-wording of the resolution, namely the peace process, “progress made,” and now was not the time for such a resolution.
In her speech on Friday, Haley said that the United States supports the peace process, but dismissed claims that a weapons embargo would not speak to dig.
“For negotiations to work, we need to keep the circle of broken promises, in order to have a ceasefire. Peace in South Sudan will not come by allowing the parties to get their hands on more weapons,” she said. “The opposite is true. The support of an arms embargo to show the parties that we are tired of delays and freezes then.”
U. N. Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, described the conflict as “horrific,” and expressed the hope that the arms embargo can lead to peace in the young nation.
“We take the decision of the Council, and hope that you will encourage the leaders of South Sudan to end all hostilities and return to peace, as the Secretary-General has repeatedly called for,” spokesman Farhan Haq told Fox News.
Several attempts at peace, including a 2015 peace deal and cessation of hostilities agreement in December, have failed to stop the fighting. The ethnic violence has tens of thousands of deaths and led to 1.8 million on the run in what is fast becoming a major refugee crisis.
Fox News’ Ben Evansky and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Adam Shaw is a reporter covering the American and European politics for Fox News.. He can be reached.