Nations defend U.N. rights council after USA pullout


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

The announcement came just a day after the United Nations human rights chief, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents.

"The Human Rights Council enables abuses by absolving wrongdoers through silence and falsely condemning those that committed no offence", Pompeo said.

Washington has always been pursuing double standards and its withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council once again confirms this, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Wednesday.

But it was not until Tuesday, when the United States announced its withdrawal from membership in the council, that any country - let alone a permanent member of the UN's Security Council - had taken its frustrations with the human rights body to the extreme level of giving up and pulling out.

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

Haley said the move "is not a retreat from human rights commitments" and accused the council of being "a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias".

In an interview Wednesday, Bolton said the USA doesn't need a higher authority to judge its actions and must stick by the constitution. These have included overlooking the violations of some of the world's most oppressive dictatorships and even honoring some of the most flagrant abusers of human rights with seats on the council.

The council's goal is to globally protect human rights. "On the contrary. We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights". In addition to the perceived bias against Israel, Haley cited the council's alleged hypocrisy among varying governments.

Instead of focusing on real human-rights issues, the council has used its time and resources to bully Israel and question Israel's legitimacy as a sovereign state.

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Since January 2017, it has announced its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, left the United Nations educational and cultural organization and pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.

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

The US' move is unprecedented in the 12-year history of the council, as no country has ever dropped out voluntarily. It has mandated independent investigators to look at situations including Syria, North Korea, Myanmar and South Sudan.

The Human Rights Council is a 47-country body that draws its mandate from the U.N. General Assembly, and meets three times a year in Geneva.

Under President George W Bush, the United States boycotted the body for three years after its establishment 12 years ago.

When the council was created in 2006, U.S. President George W. Bush's administration shunned the body.

"It's worth pointing out that Bolton is now the national security adviser and certainly much of his views about the United Nations have not changed in those 12 years", she added.

Among reforms the U.S. had pushed for was to make it easier to kick out member states with egregious rights records.

The United States' current term on the council ends next year.