The United States, U.S, on Tuesday said it is withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council, dismissing it as a “cesspool of political bias” for its anti-Israel stance.
The secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, issued the announcement, saying the Geneva-based organisation was “not worthy of its name”. This development makes good the Trump administration’s pledge to leave a body it accused of hypocrisy and bias against Israel.
Mrs Haley described the council as a “protector of human rights abusers” and accused the body of “politicising and scapegoating countries with positive human rights records”.
She said the decision had not been taken lightly, and added: “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.”
The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, said the US decision was “regrettable”.
“We’ve made no secret of the fact that the UK wants to see reform of the human rights council, but we are committed to working to strengthen the council from within,” he said.
“Britain’s support for the human rights council remains steadfast. It is the best tool the international community has to address impunity in an imperfect world and to advance many of our international goals.
“That’s why we will continue to support and champion it.”