China ‘expresses regret’ over U.S. withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council

Geneva Stokes
June 21, 2018

The diplomat noted that Washington's decision had dealt a powerful blow to its reputation in terms of protecting human rights.

And will this further isolate the U.S. on the world stage?

Haley urged the groups to play a constructive, not destructive, role in human rights in the future.

"The Human Rights Council enables abuses by absolving wrongdoers through silence and falsely condemning those that committed no offence", Pompeo said. US leaves UN Human Rights Council US pulls out of UN Human Rights Council US plans to withdraw from UN Human Rights Council: report MORE announced the USA would withdraw from the council, saying that the global body was "not worthy of its name".

Haley criticized the non-governmental organizations in a letter the day after she announced the US was exiting the council.

In a letter sent to non-governmental organisations, Haley complained that they had played a "deconstructive" role by refusing to support U.S. efforts to take Israel off the council's agenda.

"This decision, in many respects, has been decades in the making", Bolton said.

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Israel's Ambassador Aviva Raz Shechter during a special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on May 18, 2018, which voted for an investigation into Gaza border violence.

"You know, we're actually self-governing in this country". In addition to the perceived bias against Israel, Haley cited the council's alleged hypocrisy among varying governments. Before following through on the United States withdrawal threat, Haley presented several demands for reforms, including the abolition of Agenda Item 7, which, since being adopted in 2007, has singled out Israel for perpetual censure.

The United Nations is stressing that human rights are "a pillar" of the organization's work and its secretary-general wants all member states to "engage actively" in the Human Rights Council and other parts of the U.N.'s "human rights architecture".

Washington's withdrawal is the latest United States rejection of multilateral engagement after it pulled out of the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal.

I guess it comes down to degree but what's the point of having a three year rotation of countries on the council, regardless of the transgressions they're meant to be there to protect? It has mandated independent investigators to look at situations including Syria, North Korea, Myanmar and South Sudan. A specific number of seats is allocated for each region of the globe.

While Israel, which is not a member of the 47-nation council, can not follow suit even if it wanted to, sources maintained Wednesday that it was possible and even likely that Netanyahu would soon announce that Israel was ceasing all contacts with the council.

Under President George W Bush, the United States boycotted the body for three years after its establishment 12 years ago. Member states are elected by the UN General Assembly; it is now unclear when and how a replacement for the USA will be selected, or whether formally the U.S. will remain an observer until December 31, 2019. After a year off, it was re-elected in 2016.

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