Haley slams rights groups after US quits UN council
US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday accused human rights groups of thwarting a US push for changes to the UN Human Rights Council and contributing to Washington's decision to quit the body.Load Error
The Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday Haley warned a year ago that the U . S . would pull out if the council didn’t address what she saw as They argue that nations championing human rights are better able to counter members with poor
“If the Human Rights Council is going to attack countries that uphold human rights and shield “All this administration seems to care about when it comes to the council is defending Israel,” said John “If the Trump administration’ s complaint is that the council is biased and flawed, they’ve just made it
The Trump administration plans to announce its withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, making good on a pledge to leave a body it has long accused of hypocrisy and criticized as biased against Israel, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley plan to announce the withdrawal at the State Department in Washington at 5 p.m., said the sources, who asked not to be identified discussing a decision that hadn’t yet been made public.
Top rights body: Trump no longer 'moral leader of his country or the world'
U.S. President Donald Trump is "no longer the moral leader of his country or the world," the human rights watchdog the Council of Europe said."What is happening at the (U.S.-Mexico) border where he (Trump) is separating children from their parents is a sign that he is no longer the moral leader of his country or the world," the Council of Europe's secretary general, Thorbjorn Jagland, told Norwegian broadcaster TV2.
"If the Human Rights Council is going to be an organization we entrust to protect and promote human rights , it must change," she said . Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said the U . S . focus on Israel' s treatment has actually caused American officials to lose sight of the good
The Trump administration is warning that the U . S . might leave the U . N . Human Rights Council , arguing that it displays anti-Israel bias and ignores "It' s hard to accept that this council has never considered a resolution on Venezuela, and yet it adopted five biased resolutions in March against a
The 47-member council, based in Geneva and created in 2006, began its latest session on Monday with a broadside against President Donald Trump’s immigration policy by the U.N.’s high commissioner for human rights. He called the policy of separating children from parents crossing the southern border illegally “unconscionable.”
The U.S. withdrawal had been expected. National Security Adviser John Bolton opposed the body’s creation when he was U.S. ambassador to the U.N. in 2006. In a speech to the council last year, Haley called out the body for what she said was its “relentless, pathological campaign” against Israel. She has also called for ways to expel members of the council that have poor human rights records themselves.
Won’t ‘sit quietly’
“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 at the time. “In the end, no speech and no structural reforms will save the members of the Human Rights Council from themselves.”
The Latest: UN awaiting formal US notice on quitting council
The U.N. General Assembly is waiting for notification from the United States that it is withdrawing from the Human Rights Council, which is the first step toward electing a replacement. 1:40 a.m.
The Trump administration plans to announce its withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U . S . Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley plan to announce the withdrawal at the State Department in Washington at 5 p.m., the people said .
The Trump administration pulled out of the U . N . Human Rights Council , saying it' s hypocritical in who it criticizes. But that could cede influence MIKE POMPEO: Its membership includes authoritarian governments with unambiguous and abhorrent human rights records, such as China, Cuba and
A State Department spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, while the U.N. said it hadn’t received a notification that the U.S. was withdrawing.
The move comes as the Trump administration is under intense criticism from business groups, human rights organizations and lawmakers from both parties over its recently imposed decision to separate children from parents who enter the U.S. illegally.
Even some critics of the human rights council have called for continuing to push for a revamping of the body rather than its elimination.
On the opening day of the council’s current session, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson criticized the body’s perennial agenda item dedicated to Israel and the Palestinian territories, calling it “damaging to the cause of peace.” Nonetheless, he said the U.K. wasn’t “blind to the value of this council.”
The council is scheduled to discuss Israel and the Palestinian territories on July 2, according to its agenda.
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