EU Boycotts Pompeo’s “Human Rights” Speech To UN

The Washington Post reports:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought his campaign to redefine and prioritize human rights to the United Nations on Wednesday, declaring that such protections around the world are in “crisis.” Pompeo delivered his remarks via videotape during a U.S.-hosted event at the United Nations General Assembly.

He quickly pivoted from the 1948 U.N. declaration that is the cornerstone of contemporary human rights principles to the views espoused by the Commission on Unalienable Rights, which he created last year. The panel has drawn criticism for giving primacy to freedom of religion and property rights, raising concerns that it could undercut protections for women, gay people and other minorities.

Though the United States asked other democracies to join in the virtual event, the European Union urged its member states not to participate. Many human rights organizations in turn emailed diplomats suggesting that they show up and explain why they don’t support the U.S. views.