Russian Foreign Ministry comments on US exit from US Human Rights Council

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China Says It Regrets US Quitting UN Human Rights Council

National Security Adviser John Bolton is defending the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council.

Haley blasted the council, which has promoted abortion and the LGBT agenda, as "a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias", Fox News reports.

"While we agree with the USA on the need for reform, our support for this Human Rights Council remains steadfast, and we will continue to advance the cause of reform from within its ranks", Britain's ambassador Julian Braithwaite said.

The U.N. Human Rights Council is a good example of how these dynamics play out amid the realities of the post-Cold War global liberal order.

"Attempts to forcibly impose this rather specific understanding of human rights on other countries are, in themselves, a blatant violation of universal human values and civilized rules of conduct at the worldwide stage", the Russian diplomat added.

"The ultimate beneficiary of this decision will be China, which has been flexing its muscles in the Human Rights Council recently and would love to use it as a platform to roll back Western positions on individual rights", Richard Gowan, an expert on the United Nations, told Newsweek.

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The council is the successor to the UN Commission on Human Rights, which had all the same problems - which is why Washington quit it under President George W. Bush.

"While the UNHRC has a sad and troubling record of showing strong bias against Israel, US withdrawal will do nothing to address this issue", the J Street statement said.

The council's current membership includes 14 countries that are ranked as "not free" by Freedom House: Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, China, Cuba, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. We have a Constitution.

The irony of the announcement - coming, as it were, in the wake of revelations that the United States government systematically imprisoned migrant children and traumatically separated them from their families, in some cases falsely telling parents their children were merely taken away from them to be bathed - was lost on Pompeo and Haley.

The move will simply remove remaining American leverage and influence, further undermining the interests of the United States and Israel and empowering those who oppose them. "His blatant disregard for basic human rights will have dire and tragic consequences for marginalized people across the globe for years to come". "We will not participate in Human Rights Council sessions going forward, including in the session now underway".

"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", says Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch in NY.

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What you need to knowMinutes later, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, called the announcement by US President Donald Trump's administration "disappointing, if not really surprising".

"China will continue to make its contribution to the healthy development of human rights around the world via constructive dialogue and cooperation", he added.

Under President George W Bush, the U.S. boycotted the body for three years after its establishment 12 years ago.

Israel is the only country that is subject to a permanent standing agenda item, meaning its treatment of the Palestinians is regularly scrutinised by the UNHRC.

The US' move is unprecedented in the 12-year history of the council, as no country has ever dropped out voluntarily. The U.S., as at other United Nations organizations, is Israel's biggest defender. The United States, rather than looking principled, looks defensive, self-serving and hypocritical. At the rights council, the United States has recently been the most unabashed critic of rights abuses in China - whose growing economic and diplomatic clout has chastened some other would-be critics, rights advocates say. The decision was ostensibly made in support of Israel, which the administration claims has been unfairly targeted by the council.

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