U.S. to Withdraw From United Nations Human Rights Council

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She says a year ago she made clear the US would stay in the council only if "essential reforms were achieved". "The world's most inhumane regimes continue to escape its scrutiny, and the council continues politicizing scapegoating of countries with positive human rights records in an attempt to distract from the abusers in its ranks". The council has adopted more resolutions condemning Israel than any other country on earth, and nothing condemning nearly 90 percent of the world's states.

Bloomberg News notes the HRC began its latest session on Monday by discussing the US media's new obsession, the "policy of separating children from parents crossing the southern border illegally", which High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein called "unconscionable". She says it's clear those calls for change were not heeded.

Haley noted in her speech announcing the withdrawal that many member nations on the council, including Russia, China, Cuba, and Egypt, abuse human rights. These included forcing members to vote publicly and a mandate to debate the human-rights situation in Palestinian areas.

The Foreign Secretary said the council's work on the Israel-Palestinian conflict could have value, under the right conditions.

Meanwhile the campaign group Human Rights Watch criticised President Trump's human rights policy as "one-dimensional". The U.S. has also criticized a lack of stringent membership criteria for some countries involved with the council, according to CNN.

A full pullout by the USA would leave the council without one of its traditional defenders of human rights.

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After weeks of speculation, the United States will officially pull it's membership on the United Nations Human Rights Council Tuesday afternoon. "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". But UN officials said no member has withdrawn. "The human rights council has become an exercise in shameless hypocrisy". "In that situation, the USA would be able to speak out on rights abuses, but not to vote", the AP observed.

Among reforms the United States had pushed for was to make it easier to kick out member states with egregious rights records. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the USA decision. Critics say this sends a message that the administration turns a blind eye to human rights abuses in some parts of the world.

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

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. It was only in 2009 that the US joined the organization under President Barack Obama, whose administration argued that USA membership could better steer it.

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, it was re-elected in 2016.

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