The US is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council

America withdraws from UNHRC 'We did not take this decision lightly'

America withdraws from UNHRC 'We did not take this decision lightly'

He added: "Given the state of human rights in today's world, the U.S. should be stepping up, not stepping back". A USA departure would deprive Israel of its chief defender at a forum where Israel's human rights record comes up for discussion at every single meeting, a standing "Item 7" on the agenda.

It's also notable that while Haley tries to claim the moral high ground by condemning other nations that violate human rights, Trump's recent stance towards human rights abusers like China, Russia, and North Korea has been unbelievably friendly compared to past presidents.

Haley also decried the membership of countries like China, Cuba and Venezuela that are themselves accused of rights violations. Last year, Haley condemned that council's "relentless, pathological campaign" against Israel and denounced members of the council who have a history of human rights abuses.

Washington's pull-out would be the latest U.S. rejection of multilateral engagement after it pulled out of the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal.

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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 move extends a broader Trump administration pattern of stepping back from global agreements and forums under the president's "America First" policy. Alongside his strong speech on the importance of girls' education, his commitment that the United Kingdom will vote against all resolutions in 2019 tabled under the infamous Item 7, which singles out Israel as the only country in the world to have its own agenda item, is an important victory for human rights.

Diplomats have said the USA withdrawal from the body could bolster countries such as Cuba, Russia, Egypt and Pakistan, which resist what they see as United Nations interference in sovereign issues.

"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", she said in a press conference announcing the move. "The world's most inhumane regimes continue to escape scrutiny". She said the withdrawal notwithstanding, the US would continue to defend human rights at the United Nations.

Donald Trump " s envoy Nikki Haley has said the USA is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council, calling it "not worthy of its name'.

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The Trump administration's irritation with the council makeup and its agenda has been telegraphed with drumbeat regularity by Haley. Its resolutions are not legally binding but carry moral authority.

"We will wait to hear the details of that decision before commenting further", said United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric. The United States joined in 2009, during the Obama administration. After a year off, it was re-elected in 2016.

In March 2011, the U.N. General Assembly unanimously suspended Libya's membership in the council because of violence against protesters by forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. But when you are there, we vote no every time, and it just becomes a problem every time as well.

Since Trump took office, the United States has quit the UN cultural agency UNESCO, cut UN funding and announced plans to quit the UN-backed Paris climate agreement.

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