The United States joined the United Nations during its first moments of creation in 1945. To this day, the United States is the largest contributor, giving over $650 million every year. Almost since the beginning, The United Nations has been a failed international organization. Violations have occurred time and time again and have gone without any consequences. The Trump administration believes that the United Nations Human Rights Council shows anti-Israel bias and ignores violations for certain countries. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, states that although they aren’t thinking of leaving the UN, they do see room for “significant strengthening.” Haley took to social media to say, “US will not sit quietly while this body, supposedly dedicated to human rights, continues to damage the cause of human rights.” During Haley’s time in Geneva, she addressed the board directly, calling out the world’s “worst human right abusers”, including Venezuela, Cuba, China, Burundi and Saudi Arabia.
There are various instances in which the United Nations has let actions pass without consequences. For example, the UN previously appointed Saudi Arabia to chair the United Nations Human Rights Council. This is a country that has one of the worst records of women rights. Women can’t drive, leave their house without a male, take part in civic engagement, etc. Atheists, homosexuals, etc. are killed. A more recent issue was the UN’s lack of action on the genocide in Syria. It has been almost 5 years and Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has killed civilians nonstop. In addition to, there has been no action taken against ISIS. The UN has failed multiple times to investigate ISIS’ crimes, not gathering evidence from mass grave sites. The UK Security Council set an investigation into ISIS’ crimes in Iraq, clearly needing the help of the UN. The Iraqi government has expressed support and can send a letter to trigger a UN vote on the issue. However, the letter is not needed to vote and the UK’s set deadlines have passed without a response from the UN. Whether or not the United States should leave the UN, the UN does need to fortify its rules and remember its principles and ambitions of world peace.