Haley blasts human rights groups for 'thwarting' reform of United Nations council
21 June, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Gregory Stephens
It added that the Trump administration's current policy of separating migrant children from their parents shows the U.S.is hypocritical and said the USA "cannot and should not" criticize the human rights records of other nations, Reuters reported.
"All delegations attach great importance to this body", said Chinese ambassador to the U.N.in Geneva, Yu Jianhua. Other contentious moves have included slapping tariffs on steel and aluminum against key trading partners, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv.
On Twitter, al-Hussein, the United Nations human rights chief, said it was "Disappointing, if not really surprising, news".
"It's something that reflects a widely held view in the United States", he said. Haley says that was "a contributing factor" in the US decision to leave the council.
"The United States will not participate further in the June HRC sessions or further sessions and will not serve out the remainder of its term", the U.S. said.
"The Human Rights Council has become an exercise in shameless hypocrisy - with numerous world's worst human rights abuses going ignored, and some of the world's most serious offenders sitting on the council itself", Pompeo said.
Haley has consistently castigated the Human Rights Council for their "chronic bias against" Israel, an ally to the U.S.
"It is unfortunate that your letter sought to undermine our attempts to improve the Human Rights Council".
"For too long the human rights council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias", Haley said, adding that calls from the US for the council to reform have not been heeded.
John Bolton told Fox News on Wednesday the decision was made by President Donald Trump weeks ago and had nothing to do with high commissioner's criticism of the US immigration policies. She had been threatening the pull-out since past year unless the council made changes advocated by the U.S.
"For years, the UNHRC has proven to be a biased, hostile, anti-Israel organization that has betrayed its mission of protecting human rights", Netanyahu tweeted. "Rather than altering those practices, it is now threatening United States companies, workers and farmers who have done nothing wrong".
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley confirmed the nation's exit during a joint appearance at the State Department. Item 7 on "Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories" has been part of the council's regular business nearly as long as it has existed. However, Haley notes how "this step is not a retreat from human rights commitments".
"Look at the council membership and you see an appalling disrespect for the most basic human rights".
Haley and Pompeo stressed the decision had been made after a long year of efforts to shame the council into reform and to remove member states that themselves commit abuses.
The U.S. pullout was bound to have ripple effects for at least two countries at the council: China and Israel.
When the council was created in 2006, U.S. President George W. Bush's administration shunned the body.
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