USA withdraws from UN Human Rights Commission

Jun 20, 2018, 13:29
USA withdraws from UN Human Rights Commission

The US is expected to disengage with the UN Human Rights Council over anti-Israel bias, a senior US official, a diplomatic source and several activists tell CNN.

Other U.S. allies have found it hard to stick with the Trump administration's approach to the United Nations, as countries like the U.K. and France expressed skepticism about the violence on Israel's border last month.

The United States attempted to reform the council for more than a year, Pompeo and Haley said.

Twelve rights and aids groups, including Human Rights First, Save the Children and CARE, wrote Pompeo to warn the withdrawal would "make it more hard to advance human rights priorities and aid victims of abuse around the world".

Since January 2017, it has announced its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, left the United Nations educational and cultural organization and pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Haley is announcing the withdrawal at the State Department alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from our human rights commitments", she said.

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"The United States has repeatedly called for reform of the UNHRC; unfortunately, the council has rebuffed any serious reform-severely impeding its ability to effectively act as an objective guardian of human rights".

"Trump's withdrawal is especially disturbing given his persistent praise for despots and dictators with abysmal human rights records, not to mention his administration's cruel mistreatment of immigrant families seeking asylum".

On Monday, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein announced that an update on that list would be published prior to September.

U.S. criticism of the council stems from the fact that Israel is the only country that has a dedicated agenda item, known as Item 7, at the rights council, meaning its treatment of the Palestinians comes under scrutiny at each of the body's three annual sessions. She lambasted the council for "its chronic bias against Israel" and lamented the fact that its membership includes accused human rights abusers such as China, Cuba, Venezuela and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"The UN's human rights architecture plays a very important role in the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide", he said in a statement from his office.

The council, a body of the United Nations was set up in 2006.

Mr Trump has defended the policy, taking to Twitter to say the U.S. needed to stop allowing immigrants "to pour into and infest our country".

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According to Stephen Miles, director of the progressive national security advocacy group Win Without War, the timing of the anticipated withdrawal doesn't seem to be a coincidence - and it underscores the administration's apparent indifference toward human rights issues.

The ambassador said that America will now pursue human rights work outside the council.

The US was one of the UNHRC's 47-members.

Known as "Item 7", this item means that Israel's treatment of the Palestinians comes under scrutiny at each of three annual sessions.

She also threatened member states, on Twitter, who voted for a non-binding resolution asking President Trump to repeal his decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in December.

After Barack Obama came to power, Washington joined the council in 2009.

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