US says "Council motivated by political bias, not by human rights."
US withdraws from UN Human Rights Council
The United States with a "hypocritical and self-serving" United Nations Human Rights Council on the face of what it is called bias against Israel and a lack of reform, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult.
Standing with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for the US efforts to reform the council. It was criticized in the United States of America.
Washington's withdrawal is the latest US rejection of multilateral engagement after it pulled out of the Paris climate agreement and the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
It also comes to the United States faces intense criticism for their immigrant parents at the US-Mexico border. A human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein on Monday called on Washington to halt its "unconscionable" policy.
"Haley said, quoting Venezuela, China, Cuba and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She did not mention Saudi Arabia, which rights groups were arrested in 2016 over killings of civilians in the Yemen War.
Among the reforms, the United States had pushed to make it easier to kick out with states. Currently, a two-thirds vote by the 193-member A General Assembly is needed to suspend a member state.
Haley also said, "disproportionate focus and unending hostility towards Israel is clear that the council is motivated by political bias, not by human rights." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the US decision.
The United States has long shielded its ally Israel at the United Nations. In quoting what it says is bias against Israel, the administration of President Donald Trump could further fuel Palestinian arguments that Washington cannot be a neutral mediator as it prepares to roll out a Middle East peace plan. Washington also relocated its embassy to Jerusalem after recognizing it as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.
The United States is half-way through a three-year term on the 47-member Geneva-based body and the Trump administration had long been threatened to quit if it was not overhauled.
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