Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Trump to Pull United States from UN Human Rights Council - Katie Pavlich

Trump to Pull United States from UN Human Rights Council - Katie Pavlich

"We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organisation that makes a mockery of human rights", she said.

Haley blasted the council as a "cesspool of political bias" and accused the body of "politicizing and scapegoating countries with positive human rights records".

Even some critics of the human rights council have called for continuing to push for a revamping of the body rather than quitting it.

United Nations rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said on Monday "the thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable".

Condemning the planned withdrawal from the United Nations group, Senator Chris Coons, a Democrat who serves on the Foreign Relations Committee, said the decision "sends a clear message that the Trump administration does not intend to lead the world when it comes to human rights".

USA withdraws from the UN Human Rights Council: "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".

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".

The decision was reportedly based on the Council's bias against Israel and its extension of membership to notorious human rights abusers.

Meanwhile the campaign group Human Rights Watch criticised President Trump's human rights policy as "one-dimensional".


Either way, the US pullout was bound to have ripple effects for at least two countries at the council: China and Israel.

The Human Rights Council meets three times a year to examine human rights violations worldwide.

Haley has warned the council a year ago that the United States would withdraw from the council if changes were not made.

The move would follow through on last year's threat by the U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley to leave if certain reforms were not adopted, including the expulsion of countries such as Saudi Arabia and Venezuela from the council. But UN officials said no member has withdrawn. Israel's ambassador in Geneva castigated the council for "spreading lies against Israel". The U.S., as at other United Nations organizations, is Israel's biggest defender. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein on Monday called on Washington to halt its "unconscionable" policy.

The move also comes in the days following the United States' president embracing the world's worst murderous dictator.

The United States has opted to stay out of the Human Rights Council before: The George W. Bush administration opted against seeking membership when the council was created in 2006.

Under Obama, the U.S. was elected to the body for a maximum two consecutive terms.

The body consists of 47 member states, with a specific number of seats given to each region of the world.

A pullout could be largely symbolic: The United States' current term on the council ends next year, when it could revert to the observer status held by other countries that are not members.

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