The United Nations Human Rights Council’s “obsession” with Israel has diverted attention from its mission and made a “mockery” of its proceedings, limiting the good it could otherwise accomplish across the world, the American representative to the council said in a speech Wednesday.

Erin Barclay, deputy assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs, noted that the United States was founded on the principles of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” After asserting that “the United States’ commitment to fundamental human rights is stronger than ever,” Barclay observed that “too many of the actions of this Council do not support those universal principles. Indeed, they contradict them.”