US Will Reportedly Withdraw From UN Human Rights Council

US Will Reportedly Withdraw From UN Human Rights Council

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres regretted the United States decision, adding: "The UN's human rights architecture plays a very important role in the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide".

Haley has called for other reforms to the U.N. Human Rights Council, saying the group should make it easier to expel states with poor human rights records.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the USA for the "courageous decision" to leave the body, which he called a "biased, hostile, anti-Israel organization that has betrayed its mission of protecting human rights".

"The US's absence will only compound the council's weaknesses", they wrote.

During a speech at the United Nations previous year, Trump stressed the need for reform of the entire institution.

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

The council was formed in 2006, with the goal of helping to ensure human rights were upheld worldwide. She had been threatening the pull-out since past year unless the council made changes advocated by the U.S.

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley announced this afternoon that the US will withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council, citing bias against Israel.

"The US decision to leave this prejudiced body is an unequivocal statement that enough is enough", Netanyahu said. "Instead of focusing on real human-rights issues, the council has used its time and resources to bully Israel and question Israel's legitimacy as a sovereign state", Rep. Eliot Engel, the ranking Democratic member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said in a statement Tuesday. "But the way to deal with this challenge is to remain engaged and work with partners to push for change".

Rep. Eliot Engel, a Democrat, criticized our withdrawal on the theory that the Council will now "run roughshod over Israel".

Since previous year, Haley's office has also pushed the council and its chief not to publish a United Nations database of companies operating in West Bank settlements, a so-called blacklist that Israel is concerned could drive companies away and cast a further pall over its presence in the Palestinian-claimed West Bank.

This is the first time since the Human Rights Council was formed in 2006 that a sitting member would volunteer to step aside, though Libya was suspended in 2011 after a government crackdown on unarmed protesters. "In the end, no speech and no structural reforms will save the members of the Human Rights Council from themselves".

Some, like DNC chairman Tom Perez, found it ironic that the US should make a move as thousands of children sit in cages at the USA border, separated from their parents, who are fleeing persecution. Nonetheless, he said the United Kingdom wasn't "blind to the value of this council". "Worse than that, it has become an exercise in shameless hypocrisy", Pompeo said, blasting the council for passing more resolutions against Israel than against the rest of the world combined.

Mr Al Hussein has called the policy "unconscionable".

The 47-member council has a number of powers, including the ability to establish panels that probe alleged human rights abuses.

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