UN failing to prevent tragedies - Hilda Heine

The United Nations continues to let politics cloud its judgement and is failing to prevent tragedies, the President of the Marshall Islands says.

Hilda Heine addressed the UN Human Rights Council on Monday in Geneva, delivering scathing criticism of the UN's role in the Marshall Islands' nuclear legacy.

She said the UN Trusteeship Council had failed to halt large-scale atomic tests in the Marshall Islands, leaving grave and ongoing human rights challenges.

"These impacts could have been avoided had the United Nations not let politics cloud judgement, and been more engaged with local voices. It is a mistake which has been repeated on the global stage."

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