The US may withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council


"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris", Trump said during his announcement that he was pulling out of the pact. Haley is unlikely to shut the door on the council during her brief visit, but an assessment process underway could lead to that outcome. Yet Cuba has never been condemned by the council; it, too, is a member. Her one-day appearance is shaping up as perhaps the standout event of the council's three-week session because the USA has a reputation as a key human-rights defender and is the single largest donor to the United Nations.

The UN Human Rights Council works to address situations of issues against LGBT communities, as well as racial and ethnic minorities, women's rights and much more. This includes important investigations into horrific atrocities in Syria, Iran and North Korea.

All too often, however, the victims of the world's most egregious human rights violations are ignored by the very organization that is supposed to protect them. Now more than ever, the US must remain deeply engaged. Withdrawing from the body would empower autocrats and weaken America's ability to promote human rights.

In the letter, seen by Reuters, the groups also said that during the period of the United States boycott, the Council's performance suffered "both with respect to addressing the world's worst violators and with respect to its anti-Israel bias".

The Council's "anti-Israel bias" is cited as a major reason why the United States might withdraw from the assembly.

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In response to Trump's withdrawal from the pact, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg also pledged to pay up to $15 million to support the United Nations agency that helps countries implement the agreement. The dictatorships of the world would celebrate if such a one-dimensional foreign policy were to prevail in Washington.

President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was in charge of the Russian Federation investigation. "And that's why I'm going to tell them if the going to be a part of the Human Rights Council, then the Human Rights Council has to have credibility". To make matters worse, some abusive governments try to join the council in the hope of protecting themselves and their kind from condemnation. "And yesterday the Security Council voted to increase sanctions on individuals and entities that are related to those ballistic missile tests", she said. No special meeting of the Human Rights Council was called, and the abuses continue to mount. It thus put in place open elections for membership and even provided for the removal of members who are serious rights violators.

The council has been given a great responsibility.

In the council's early years, the system, while imperfect, worked.

However, Fisher said Israel's human rights record did warrant Council scrutiny, but the special focus was "a reasonable concern".