US Will Reportedly Withdraw From UN Human Rights Council

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Haley has had a contentious relationship with many at the United Nations, not only within the Human Rights Council (which is investigating USA ally Saudi Arabia for its killing civilians in the war in Yemen), but with the General Assembly as well, which Haley has accused of having an anti-Israel bias.

'Regrettably, it is now clear that our call for reform was not heeded, ' Haley said.

"Human rights abusers continue to serve on and be elected to the council", Ambassador Haley explained.

It's also notable that while Haley tries to claim the moral high ground by condemning other nations that violate human rights, Trump's recent stance towards human rights abusers like China, Russia, and North Korea has been unbelievably friendly compared to past presidents.

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

A full pullout by the US would leave the council without one of its traditional defenders of human rights.

After threatening the move for several months, the Trump administration announced Tuesday that the United States has officially pulled out of UN Human Rights Council.

Washington has chose to walk out of the UN Human Rights Council, accusing the body of hypocrisy.

Known as "Item 7", this items means that Israel's treatment of the Palestinians comes under scrutiny at each of three annual sessions.

Still, she suggested the decision need not be permanent, adding that if the council did adopt reforms, 'we would be happy to rejoin it'.

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 USA foreign policy. He called the policy of separating children from parents illegally crossing the southern border of the U.S. "unconscionable".

Why did the USA pull out?

Many allies have tried to convince the United States to remain in the council.

"Even as we end our membership in the Human Rights Council, we will keep trying to strengthen the entire framework of the United Nations engagement in human rights issues".

It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year.

"For years, the UNHRC has proven to be a biased, hostile, anti-Israel organization that has betrayed its mission of protecting human rights", he said. Members are elected by the U.N. General Assembly for three-year terms and can not serve more than two terms in a row.

It only joined in 2009 under President Barack Obama, and won re-election to the council in 2012.

The decision was "disappointing, if not really surprising news", Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said in a tweet, adding: "Given the state of #human rights in today's world, the U.S. should be stepping up, not stepping back".



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