The US may withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council

Jane Richards
June 9, 2017

A day before embarking on her first trip to Israel as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley demanded that the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) address its bias against the Jewish state.

Nikki Haley warned that if the council doesn't address its shortcomings, the US might pull out, The Washington Post reports.

"We see some areas for significant strengthening", Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the Geneva forum, opening a three-week session. "Being a member of this council is a privilege, and no country who is a human right violator should be allowed a seat at the table".

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Haley recently penned an antagonistic op-ed for the Washington Post, in which she questioned whether the Council "actually supports human rights or is merely a showcase for dictatorships that use their membership to whitewash brutality". United States concerns include the human rights record of members like China and Venezuela and what it deems anti-Israel bias. We seek to re-establish the council's legitimacy.

He also alluded to Haley's comments earlier Tuesday that the United States might withdraw from the council unless it carries out reforms sought by Washington.

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She elaborated on changes the Trump administration wants made to the council during a talk at the Geneva Graduate Institute.

If Trump follows through on the threat to leave the council, he could do so in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State after the current session ends later this month.

She highlighted the Council's continuing focus on Israel when other human rights abusers - namely Iran and Venezuela - remain off the institution's radar.

The council's critical stance of Israel has always been a contentious issue for the US, Israel's main ally.

The U.S.is said to be reviewing its place on the council over its stance on Israel, Reuters reported.

Haley is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin during her visit as well as with top officials from the Palestinian Authority, including PA leader Mahmoud Abbas.

U.S. permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Nikki Haley delivers a speech about the current humanitarian situation in the world. I think that we need to look at it.

Other reports by VgToday

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