Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

U.S. withdraws from UN Human Rights Council - Nikki Haley

U.S. withdraws from UN Human Rights Council - Nikki Haley

Last year, Haley condemned that council's "relentless, pathological campaign" against Israel and denounced members of the council who have a history of human rights abuses. Nine years later, it's as obsessed with Israel as ever, and includes such paragons of human rights as Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela.

Twelve rights and aids groups, including Human Rights First, Save the Children and CARE, wrote Pompeo to warn the withdrawal would "make it more hard to advance human rights priorities and aid victims of abuse around the world". UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein on Monday called on Washington to halt its "unconscionable" policy. The move comes after the administration gave the Council 17 months to get serious about reform and to stop spreading antisemitism under the false flag of promoting human rights.

It's believed that, up until now, the USA had traded its continued presence in the council for an under the table agreement with the UNHRC that it would hold off on publication of its settlement black list which was due out at the end of past year.

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".

(No joke.) Tuesday, among the 47 United Nations states calling the shots on the U.N.'s top human rights body are such human rights paragons as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Qatar and Venezuela. She also criticized countries which shared USA values and encouraged Washington to remain, but "were unwilling to seriously challenge the status quo".

Haley said a year ago Washington was reviewing its membership and called for reform and elimination of a "chronic anti-Israel bias". President Trump wants to move the ball forward.

"The UN Human Rights Council has played an important role in such countries as North Korea, Syria, Myanmar and South Sudan, but all Trump seems to care about is defending Israel".

Although numerous officials have said repeatedly that "America First does not mean America Alone", the administration has retreated from multiple multilateral accords and consensuses since it took office. "The UN Human Rights Council is undermined by politicisation and the singling out of Israel in its standing agenda and the United Kingdom has shown the way to giving this potentially crucial body much greater weight and standing". Human rights are universal and should be applied universally and not in such a nakedly biased way. It was not immediately clear if the USA would remain a non-voting observer on the council. In that situation, the USA would be able to speak out on rights abuses, but not to vote.

The United Stated refused to join the body when it was created in 2006, when George W. Bush was in the White House and his ambassador to the UN was John Bolton, Trump's current hawkish and UN-skeptic national security advisor. Members serve for three-year terms and can serve only two terms in a row.

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