US announces withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council

The Trump administration late Tuesday pulled the US out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, citing council bias against Israel and its (the council) willingness to allow human rights abusers as members.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley made the announcement during a joint appearance at the US State Department with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from our human rights commitments,” she said. “On the contrary. We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.” Haley said the council had become a “protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias,” noting the admission of Congo as a member as mass graves were being discovered there, and the failure to address human rights abuses in Venezuela and Iran.

“When we made it clear we would strongly pursue council reform, these countries came out of the woodwork to oppose it,” she said. “Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt all attempted to undermine our reform efforts this past year.” The United States is halfway through a three-year term on the council, whose function is to denounce and investigate human rights abuses.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

US announces withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council

The Trump administration late Tuesday pulled the US out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, citing council bias against Israel and its (the council) willingness to allow human rights abusers as members.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley made the announcement during a joint appearance at the US State Department with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from our human rights commitments,” she said. “On the contrary. We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.” Haley said the council had become a “protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias,” noting the admission of Congo as a member as mass graves were being discovered there, and the failure to address human rights abuses in Venezuela and Iran.

“When we made it clear we would strongly pursue council reform, these countries came out of the woodwork to oppose it,” she said. “Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt all attempted to undermine our reform efforts this past year.” The United States is halfway through a three-year term on the council, whose function is to denounce and investigate human rights abuses.

Source: Kuwait News Agency