EXCLUSIVE: Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Thursday tore into President Biden’s move to re-enter the U.N. Human Rights Council – which has been dogged by controversy over the human rights abusers amongst its members, and which Haley branded a “cesspool.”

“If President Biden truly cared about human rights, he would keep us far away from the cesspool that is the UN Human Rights Council,” Haley stated in a press release to Fox News.

CUBA, CHINA, RUSSIA ELECTED TO UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL; US BRANDS IT A ‘MOCKERY’ 

The U.S. was elected Thursday to the Council after the Biden administration had utilized for membership earlier this 12 months. It signifies that the U.S. will return to the Council after the Trump administration left the Council in 2018 over the physique’s anti-Israel bias and the human rights abusers amongst its members.

Current members of the Council embrace China, Cuba, Eritrea, Russia and Venezuela – making up a number of the most infamous human rights abusers and brutal regimes on the earth. 

“America left it under President Trump because we refused to lend our credibility, as the most generous country in the world, to cover for the world’s worst tyrants and dictators,” Haley stated. [Biden’s] actions as we speak aren’t simply embarrassing; they’re harmful.”

Critics have accused the council of having a sweeping anti-Israel bias, noting that Israel is regularly discussed and condemned by the council, while human rights violations by other countries – including those on the council – are ignored.

AT UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL, 53 COUNTRIES BACK CHINA’S DRACONIAN HONG KONG CRACKDOWN
 

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In 2020, 53 countries at the council, led by Cuba, came out in support of China’s oppressive national security law – a law that formed the basis of the communist regime’s crackdown against the people of Hong Kong.

was appointed to a council panel to help vet candidates for important posts.

Biden had promised that the U.S. would rejoin the Council if he was elected to the White House, and that his administration would “work to be sure that physique really lives up to its values.”

Countries on the ballot on Thursday along with the United States include Eritrea, Somalia, India, Qatar, Honduras, Argentina and Luxembourg. In a statement, current U.N. Ambassador said that the U.S. “will use each instrument at our disposal, from introducing resolutions and amendments to wielding our vote when wanted. Our targets are clear: stand with human rights defenders and communicate out towards violations and abuses of human rights.”

 She also pledged that the U.S. will oppose the Council’s “disproportionate consideration on Israel” and will “press towards the election of nations with egregious human rights data and encourage these dedicated to selling and defending human rights each in their very own nations and overseas to search membership.”

Fox News’ Ben Evansky contributed to this report.