Vice President Mike Pence spoke before world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Wednesday and claimed the U.N. Human Rights Council “attracts and welcomes many of the worst human rights violators in the world.”
“A clear majority of the Human Rights Council’s members fail to meet even the most basic human rights standards,” Pence said.
Pence went on to call out offending nations by name:
“Cuba sits on the Human Rights Council, an oppressive regime that has repressed its people and jailed political opponents for more than half a century. Venezuela sits on the Human Rights Council, a dictatorship that undermines democracy at every turn, imprisons political opponents, and, as we speak, is advancing policies that worsen deprivation and poverty that is costing the lives of innocent men, women, and children.”
The U.S. vice president ended his scathing remarks by urging the U.N. Human Rights Council to reform itself.
“This body must reform the Human Rights Council’s membership and its operation,” he added.
Watch Pence’s remarks at the U.N. below.