Statement on US Decision to Withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council

Statement on US Decision to Withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council

STATEMENT ON WITHDRAWAL FROM UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

To pull out of the United Nations Human Rights Council is to absolutely abort all sentiment of peace and goodwill in the world. It is an utter abandonment of the legacy the United States has attempted to secure within the UN.

In 1945, the United States of America became the senior founding member of the United Nations, which was dedicated to spreading the principles of peacekeeping and guarding against human rights abuses. It was our country who helped craft and put together the Nuremberg Principles. We were pioneers in justice against egregiousness. We not only put the greatest evildoers in history on trial, but we established a code of honor to be upheld by all nations with a rather simple but revolutionary edict: All people are endowed with unalienable rights, and as a species, we have a moral duty to uphold and protect these rights, as well as to challenge their violations.

This goal is inspired directly from the ethos of our United States Constitution. The dedication to the protection of human rights is not just a credo of the United Nations, but the embodiment of what it means to be a patriotic American. The liberty for which we rebelled in 1776 is the cornerstone of this great country of ours.

By leaving the Human Rights Council, we send a message to the tired and poor, the sick and the oppressed, and that is: “we give up.” But I did not serve 28 years in the United States Army to see us tell any nation or people that we give up. All injustices are worthy of our attention. Whether it be the protesters in Gaza, the refugees from Syria, or even in detention centers for asylum seekers within our own borders, we must seek out a leadership role in defending the vulnerable from violence and oppression.

We must never abdicate our duty to protect the innocent. We must be champions of diplomacy and negotiation, not the country that quits the team when we don’t get our way. James Baldwin once said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

When I am elected to Congress, I will fight to make sure our foreign policy is based around diplomacy and compassion, not to fulfil the president or his national security advisor’s military aspirations. I will work to create smart decisions that impact the lives of our troops and their families, as well the security of our nation and the stability of others.

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