The United States withdraws from the UN Human Rights Council

The United States withdraws from the UN Human Rights Council


The country “leads the world in humanitarian assistance, will not take lessons from hypocrites,” said Mike Pompeo. António Guterres says that the United Nations “would have preferred” that the country remain in the organization.

“The United States officially withdraws from the UN Human Rights Council,” US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said in a statement to the press, which did not accept questions at the end of the meeting. The country announced this Tuesday (19.06.2018) its exit from an international body to which the government of President Donald Trump has criticized harshly for what it considers a bias in relation to Israel and for serving as a platform for countries such as China, Venezuela and Cuba.

“We do not doubt that its creation was in good faith, but we have to be honest: the UN Human Rights Council is a poor defender of human rights,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a news conference. However, Pompeo said that the Trump Executive “has no opposition to working with multilateral institutions,” although he “will not be an accomplice” of the Human Rights Council. “The United States leads the world in humanitarian assistance, it will not take lessons from hypocrites,” Pompeo added.

Nikki Haley, already threatened last year to withdraw the United States from this council, based in Geneva, and urged him to undertake a series of changes, including “to prevent the worst countries violating human rights get a seat.” The US ambassador before the UN also demanded that the Council eliminate point 7 from its agenda, since it deals exclusively with human rights violations in Israel.

This announcement comes a day after the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights denounced the separation of hundreds of immigrant children from their parents on the southern border of the United States. in the last months.

The UN “would have preferred” that EE. UU remain in the Council

The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, “would have preferred that the United States remain in the Human Rights Council” of the organization, his spokesman said today. “The architecture of the UN Human Rights Council plays a very important role in the promotion and protection of human rights throughout the world,” spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said in a brief statement after the announcement by the United States.

UN criticizes US immigration policy

The non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch criticized the US decision and said that it means turning its back on victims of abuse around the world. The organization based in New York recalled that, despite its shortcomings, the Council has a vital role in responding to the most serious violations of Human Rights. “President (Donald) Trump has decided that ‘America first’ means ignoring in the United Nations the suffering of civilians in Syria and of ethnic minorities in Burma,” HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth said in a statement.

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