FNs Menneskerettsråd som ble opprettet for to år siden, har vært en stor skuffelse, men vi bør ikke gi det opp, men forsøke å forandre det, sier Fredsprisvinner Shirin Ebadi.

he U.N.’s top human rights body has performed poorly since it was created almost two years ago, Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi said Monday, but she urged leaders not to abandon it.

The Iranian lawyer said the U.N. Human Rights Council is vital because it serves as a final resort for many victims of abuse.

The United States has been strongly critical of the council’s record and announced last week it would only participate in the forum when absolutely necessary.

«Even though it has not performed well we should not be interpreting it the same way as the United States has done,» Ebadi, who won the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of women and children in Iran, told journalists in Geneva.

Western countries and rights groups have repeatedly criticized the council’s heavy focus on Israel at the same time as it treats autocratic governments and their allies who have a seat in the 47-nation body with a light touch.

«We should be coming up with solutions on how this trend can be reversed and the council can indeed become effective,» Ebadi said, speaking through a translator.

«The U.N. is really the last hope of many people and many countries,» she said. «If the United Nations is weakened we have taken away that hope from them, and that resort, a last resort.»

Iranian Nobel winner faults UN rights council