Trump Administration Pulls US out of UN Human Rights Council

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters. Haley says the U.S. is withdrawing from UN Human Rights Council calling it'not worthy of its name

China Says It Regrets US Quitting UN Human Rights Council

" Human Rights Watch, along with Amnesty International, were major recipients of the letter". "Instead of dealing with regimes that systematically violate human rights, the UNHRC obsessively focuses on Israel, the one genuine democracy in the Middle East".

While Israel, which is not a member of the 47-nation council, can not follow suit even if it wanted to, sources maintained Wednesday that it was possible and even likely that Netanyahu would soon announce that Israel was ceasing all contacts with the council.

Why not send famed law professor and pro-Israel advocate Alan Dershowitz to be Washington's new ambassador to the Human Rights Council, Neuer suggested.

"The thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable", said the top United Nations human rights official. "Today, President Trump is sending a signal to the world that we're too weak to lead and too cowardly to fight for our foundational values".

"The only thing worse than a council that does nearly nothing to protect human rights is a council that covers for human rights abuses, and is therefore an obstacle to progress and an impediment to change", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the State Department Tuesday.

"By attacking and blaming NGOs for its own failure, the Trump administration is taking a page out of the book of some of the worst governments around the world", said Charbonneau.

"The value of an worldwide body committed to defending human rights can not be understated", Lauder added.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday (Jun 20) accused human rights groups of thwarting a US push for changes to the UN Human Rights Council and contributing to Washington's decision to quit the body.

Just as Israeli diplomats weren't very happy about the U.S. and Israel quitting UNESCO - despite their anger over many anti-Israel resolutions passed there - they would not necessarily rejoice over Netanyahu cutting ties with the Human Rights Council, either.

Acknowledging the council's faults, she nevertheless says the United States absence will hurt most those the USA has traditionally sought to defend.

Christina Bennett, head of humanitarian policy at the Overseas Development Institute, said it was a vital time for the respect of human rights.

Asked about USA criticism of China's rights record, Geng said the United States was ignoring the facts and that anyone who was without prejudice could see the enormous progress China had made on rights.

Standing with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for thwarting U.S. efforts to reform the council.

The United States is the first every country to voluntarily leave the U.N. rights council. The US played an important role in addressing global human rights issues, he told SBS News.

Slovenian ambassador Vojislav Suc, who now holds the council's rotating presidency and has been pushing a faltering reform drive, described the Geneva-based chamber as the best place to trigger action on unsafe rights crises.

Washington has always been pursuing double standards and its withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council once again confirms this, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Wednesday.

"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.

But the ruling Communist Party brooks no political dissent and since President Xi Jinping took office dozens of rights lawyers and activists have been arrested or jailed in a crackdown activists say is worse than any in decades.

"Given the state of human rights in today's world, the US should be stepping up, not stepping back", Zeid said after Haley announced the USA withdrawal.

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