Trump administration pulls USA out of United Nations human rights council

Trump administration pulls USA out of United Nations human rights council

Trump administration pulls USA out of United Nations human rights council

The United States withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday after no other countries "had the courage to join our fight" to reform the "hypocritical and self-serving" body, said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

The move comes a day after United Nations officials sharply criticized President Trump's handling of refugee families at the Mexico border. "In the end, no speech and no structural reforms will save the members of the Human Rights Council from themselves". She also criticized countries which shared US values and encouraged Washington to remain, but "were unwilling to seriously challenge the status quo".

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, appearing alongside Haley, said: "Too many commitments have gone unfulfilled".

"But the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank close to the Trump administration, defended the move, calling the council "notably incurious about the human rights situations in some of the world's most oppressive countries".

United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad called the policy "unconscionable". "In short, the Commission had lost the world's trust".

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.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has criticized the human rights council over its handling of issues related to Israel and the Palestinian territories, which he said were "damaging to the cause of peace".

Instead, the U.S. State making the historic move to protest what it calls is the Council's anti-Israel bias.

Reacting to the U.S. decision, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed regret, saying he would "have much preferred" for the United States to remain.

"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. President Trump wants to move the ball forward.

John Moore via Getty Images Central American asylum seekers wait as U.S. Border Patrol agents take them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas.

Under President Barack Obama the United States was elected for a maximum two consecutive terms on the council by the U.N. General Assembly. After a year off, Washington was re-elected in 2016 for its current third term.

When the Council was created in 2006, U.S. President George W. Bush's administration shunned the body.

The Human Rights Council was the U.N.'s cure for the Human Rights Commission - presided over by then-Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi shortly before somebody noticed it lacked credibility.

In May, the council voted to send a team of global investigators to probe the deadly shootings of Gaza protesters by Israeli forces. In recent months, the United States has participated in attempts to pinpoint rights violations in places like South Sudan, Congo and Cambodia.

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