United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Tuesday announced that the US will be leaving the UN Human Rights Council accusing the council of having a disproportionate focus and unending hostility towards Israel and calling the organisation “protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias”. Ambassador Nikki Haley said US’s withdrawal was not a retreat from the country’s commitment to human rights, but she accused the international council consisting of 47 countries “an organisation that is not worthy of its name”.
“We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organisation that makes a mockery of human rights,” she said alongside US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, DC.
Mike Pomeo, the US Secretary of State said that “the council once had noble vision, but today we need to be honest, the Human Rights Council is a poor defender of human rights.”
Moments after her announcement Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, called the announcement by US President Donald Trump’s administration “disappointing, if not really surprising”. “Given the state of human rights in today’s world, the US should be stepping up, not stepping back,” he added.
"Disappointing, if not really surprising, news. Given the state of #HumanRights in today's world, the US should be stepping up, not stepping back" — UN Human Rights Chief #Zeid following USA decision to withdraw from U.N. Human Rights Council.#StandUp4HumanRights
— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) June 19, 2018