USA pulls out of UN Human Rights Council, cites bias against Israel

USA pulls out of UN Human Rights Council, cites bias against Israel

USA pulls out of UN Human Rights Council, cites bias against Israel

Speaking from the State Department, where she was joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Haley defended the move to withdraw from the council, saying u.s. calls for reform were not heeded.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who had previous year threatened to pull out of it given longstanding US complaints that it is biased against Israel, along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, plans to announce the withdrawal at the State Department here at 5 p.m. Bloomberg reported, quoting two sources who requested anonymity.

Russia lost its reelection to a seat on the council in 2016, after rights groups successfully lobbied against its candidacy because of Russian military support for the Syrian government.

Haley, Trump's envoy to the United Nations, said the USA had given the human rights body "opportunity after opportunity" to make changes. Item 7 on "Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories" has been part of the council's regular business nearly as long as it has existed.

Speaking to the Human Rights Council, Johnson nonetheless said that its dedicated agenda item on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories was "disproportionate and damaging to the cause of peace".

"The US now signals its refusal to lend legitimacy to United Nations bias against Israel and Jews", he added.

In the year that has elapsed since those speeches, such reforms never happened. She has also called for ways to expel members of the council that have poor human rights records themselves.

Haley announced her country's intention to quit the council at a joint news conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The UNHRC's current president, Slovenian ambassador Vojislav Suc, said the body was the only one "responding to human rights issues and situations worldwide".

A USA official confirmed the decision to Fox News.

When the council was first established in 2006, the administration of George W. Bush withheld its membership over similar concerns.

The withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced late Tuesday afternoon.

Several U.S. critics, in condemning the decision Tuesday, echoed precisely this desire for reform as a principal reason to stay in the council, not leave it.

"The Trump administration s withdrawal is a sad reflection of its one-dimensional human rights policy: defending Israeli abuses from criticism takes precedence above all else", said HRW s executive director Kenneth Roth.

The US walk out cones against a backdrop of over two thousand children that are now living in tent cities after they were separated from their parents at the Mexican border.

United Human Rights chief, Mr Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has said, "Disappointing, if not really surprising, news".

The United Kingdom has expressed regret over the decision of the withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council.

Republicans have long criticized the council and called for American withdrawal given its critical stances toward Israel. But, Gowan added, "The timing looks just very bad for Nikki Haley and Secretary Pompeo".

"The Secretary-General would have much preferred for the United States to remain in the Human Rights Council".

Twelve human rights and aid groups, including Human Rights First, Save the Children and CARE, have warned the withdrawal would "make it more hard to advance human rights priorities and aid victims of abuse around the world".

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