US Withdraws from UNHRC Citing Bias Against Israel

US Withdraws from UNHRC Citing Bias Against Israel

US Withdraws from UNHRC Citing Bias Against Israel

Russian Federation says that the USA exit from the United Nations' Human Rights Council reflects Washington's unilateralist approach to global affairs.

The president has, in the past, been critical of the council, and has accused it of showing a bias against Israel, an ally of the U.S.

The European Union assured that it "remains steadfastly and reliably committed to the Human Rights Council", and said it would continue to try to fix the body's problems despite the USA withdrawal. US leaves UN Human Rights Council US pulls out of UN Human Rights Council US plans to withdraw from UN Human Rights Council: report MORE announced the USA would withdraw from the council, saying that the worldwide body was "not worthy of its name".

The irony of the announcement - coming, as it were, in the wake of revelations that the United States government systematically imprisoned migrant children and traumatically separated them from their families, in some cases falsely telling parents their children were merely taken away from them to be bathed - was lost on Pompeo and Haley. "With others, we will engage in the work of improving the United Nations human rights system".

"China will continue to work with other parties and make contributions to the sound development of global human rights through constructive dialogue and collaboration", he said.

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The council, she added, has a "chronic bias against Israel".

And will this further isolate the United States on the world stage?

"This decision is counterproductive to American national security and foreign policy interests and will make it more hard to advance human rights priorities and aid victims of abuse around the world", the organizations said in a joint statement.

At the rights council, the United States has recently been the most unabashed critic of rights abuses in China - whose growing economic and diplomatic clout has chastened some other would-be critics, rights advocates say.

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The United States' current term on the council ends next year.

The Geneva-based body was established in 2006 to promote and protect human rights worldwide, but its pronouncements and reports have often infuriated the USA - in particular, the council's relentless focus on Israeli policies toward the Palestinians.

Diplomats from several countries made the comments in a brief break in the Human Rights Council's regular schedule on Wednesday to allow for comments about the Trump administration's decision Tuesday to pull out from the 47-member council. "Should it become reformed, we would be happy to rejoin it", Haley said.

And the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank close to the Trump administration, defended the move, calling the council "notably incurious about the human rights situations in some of the world's most oppressive countries".

That means the council will be left without one of its traditional defenders of human rights.

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Russia's United Nations mission responded in a statement that the USA had tried but failed to turn the Council into an "obedient instrument for advancing their interests and punishing the countries it dislikes".

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