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United States pulls out of UN Human Rights Council

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

One day after being criticized for its policy of separating the children of illegal migrants from their parents, the U.S. quit the UN Human Rights Council.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the move was made because of the council’s “hypocrisy” and bias against Israel. 

From AP via CBCNews.ca (“U.S. quits UN Human Rights Council, accusing it of ‘hypocrisy‘”):

Haley, together with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, sharply criticized the 47-member group on Tuesday, alleging it overlooks human rights abuses in countries including Cuba, Venezuela and China while repeatedly taking aim at Israel.

Haley said U.S. efforts over the past year to reform the council went nowhere, in part because of stonewalling by countries including Russia, China and Egypt.

Other countries, she alleged, turn a blind eye to the council’s flaws for their own, purely political, reasons.

“Human rights abusers continue to serve on and be elected to the council, the world’s most inhumane regimes continue to escape scrutiny and the council continues to politicizing and scapegoating of countries with positive human rights records,” Haley said in Washington.

Haley threatened the pullout last year, citing long-standing U.S. complaints over the council’s approach to Israel. But the announcement comes just a day after the UN human rights chief denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents.

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