United States withdraws from UN Human Rights Council

US to pull out of United Nations Human Rights Council Source

"If it fails to change, then we must pursue the advancement of human rights outside of the Council", Haley said at a speech in Geneva previous year.

The presence of multiple human rights-violating countries on the Human Rights Council has damaged both the reputation of the council and the cause of human rights.

"Many of the world's worst human rights offenders were elected to the seats on the Commission".

The withdrawal comes as the Trump administration faces scrutiny over its "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration that's resulted in migrant families being separated at the U.S-Mexico border.

"Regrettably", she added, "it is now clear that our call for reform was not heeded".

US ambassador to the United Nations blasts the Council for its 'politicized scapegoating of countries with positive human rights records'.

But since Trump came into office, his administration has threatened to withdraw if it did not reform: "If the Human Rights Council is going to be an organization we entrust to protect and promote human rights, it must change".

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She says the council also has a "chronic bias against Israel".

The State Department's website says protection of fundamental human rights was a "foundation stone" for the United States' creation over two centuries ago and that promoting respect for human rights since has been a "central goal" of US foreign policy. She also criticized countries which shared US values and encouraged Washington to remain, but "were unwilling to seriously challenge the status quo".

But even beyond the disturbing fact that antisemitism thrives at the United Nations under the guise of human rights is that the "human rights" experts, the NGOs and the academic entourage surrounding this whole apparatus, have the council's back.

But Haley said that if the council does reform, the United States "would be happy to rejoin". The body has a permanent standing agenda item on suspected violations committed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories that Washington wanted removed.

Sheila Gewolb, Senior Vice President of the Board of Deputies said: "We welcome the Foreign Secretary's bold, clear and important intervention at the UN Human Rights Council". Israel's ambassador in Geneva attacked the council for "spreading lies against Israel". "In that situation, the US would be able to speak out on rights abuses, but not to vote", the AP observed. At the rights council, the United States has recently been the most unabashed critic of rights abuses in China - whose growing economic and diplomatic clout has chastened some other would-be critics, rights advocates say. The United States and Australia cast the only "no" votes. After a year off, it was re-elected in 2016.

The United Stated refused to join the body when it was created in 2006, when George W. Bush was in the White House and his ambassador to the UN was John Bolton, Trump's current hawkish and UN-skeptic national security advisor.

Under President Barack Obama the USA was elected for a maximum two consecutive terms on the council by the UN General Assembly.

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