U.S. Withdraws from United Nations Human Rights Council

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem

U.S. Expected to Withdraw From UN’s Human Rights Council

The announcement came after the top United Nations human rights official criticized Washington for separating migrant children from their parents who are seeking asylum after crossing into the country from Mexico.

But as previously noted, the Trump administration has threatened to withdraw from the 47-member organization for over a year, as Haley consistently blasted the council for its "chronic bias against" US ally Israel. As the USA ambassador to the United Nations during the administration of President George W. Bush, he voted against the resolution creating the institution, rejecting the simple majority vote required to elect members and demanding exclusionary criteria to keep gross abusers of human rights off.

Haley accused the council of becoming "protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias".

Its current membership roster includes individual human rights abusers and a significant number of authoritarian regimes and Islamic supremacist states such as China, Cuba, Pakistan, Qatar, and Venezuela. But today we need to be honest. And the commissioner noted that the US remains the sole United Nations member not to ratify the Convention of the Rights of the Child, a landmark agreement passed almost three decades ago.

The statement by the British come as the USA appears to be close to pulling out of the UNHRC over its continued anti-Israel bias.

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The UN expressed disappointment.

"The Secretary-General would have much preferred for the United States to remain in the Human Rights Council".

Mr Al Hussein has called the policy "unconscionable".

Officials said the move was because the body is too often critical of Israel's human rights record.

Haley indicated that the United States was willing to consider rejoining the council if reformed were enacted to address her criticisms.

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The EU says the United States has "always been at the forefront" of protection of human rights and has been a "strong partner" of the bloc at the council.

Malki stressed that this is a responsibility of all states that must take action to send a clear message that engagement in a political process does not, under any pretext, provide for an excuse to violate global human rights and humanitarian law and disregard obligations in this regard.

Shortly after the U.S. announcement, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres voiced his regret over the USA decision.

The U.S. pullout leaves the council without one of its traditional defenders of human rights.

The council has focused heavily on Israel, rebuking it for its treatment of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip. She said that if the council did adopt reforms, the USA would be happy to rejoin it.

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The Trump administration has threatened to withdraw from the human rights body as recently as March of this year, citing bias against Israel.

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