Haley, Pompeo to UN Human Rights Council: We’re outta here

Haley, Pompeo to UN Human Rights Council: We’re outta here

Haley, Pompeo to UN Human Rights Council: We’re outta here

The Bush administration resisted joining the HRC precisely because there were doubts it would be a great improvement over its embarrassing predecessor organization, but the Obama administration chose to join in order to "make it a more effective body to promote and protect human rights", as then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said in 2009. Nine years later, it's as obsessed with Israel as ever, and includes such paragons of human rights as Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. "The world's most inhumane regimes continue to escape scrutiny". It comes a day after the UNHCR denounced the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their migrant parents at the United States border with Mexico, with United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein calling the practice "unconscionable".

"For our part, the United States will not sit quietly while this body, supposedly dedicated to human rights, continues to damage the cause of human rights", Haley said during her speech previous year.

"The Human Rights Council enables abuses by absolving wrongdoers through silence and falsely condemning those that committed no offense", Pompeo said.

She says the council also has a "chronic bias against Israel".

Watch her full statement above, via The Department of State.

It also comes as the United States faces intense criticism for detaining children separated from their immigrant parents at the U.S. -Mexico border.

One has to suspect that the United Nations would have found something to use in order to deflect from decades-long criticism over the composition and activities of their human-rights bodies.

Reuters reported last week that activists and diplomats said talks with the United States on reforms had failed to meet Washington's demands, suggesting that the Trump administration would quit.

Haley is President Donald Trump's envoy to the United Nations. But UN officials said no member has withdrawn. "The UN's Human Rights architecture plays a very important role in the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide".

Last year, Haley warned the Geneva-based council that the US would withdraw if it did not end its systematic scrutiny of Israel and alleged Israeli rights abuses against Palestinians. In recent months, the United States has participated in attempts to pinpoint rights violations in places like South Sudan, Congo and Cambodia.

Instead, the U.S. State Dept.is making the historic move to protest what it calls is the Council's anti-Israel bias.

The United States and Australia cast the only no votes at the time. The U.S. joined the body only in 2009 under President Barack Obama.

Set up in 2006, the body has 47 members, elected by the UN's General Assembly with a specific number of seats allocated for each region of the globe. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the US decision.

The US refused to join the body when it was created in 2006 when George W. Bush was in the White House and his ambassador to the United Nations was John Bolton, Trump's current hawkish and UN-skeptic national security advisor. Members serve for three-year terms and can serve only two terms in a row.

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