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JUNE 21, 2018
Great - it's about time. The Trump administration announced Tuesday it was withdrawing the U.S. from the United Nations Human Rights Council, with U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley calling the 47-member council a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias. Haley noted the move came after a year where we did not see any progress. Haley threatened the pullout last year, citing longstanding U.S. complaints that the council showed a chronic bias against Israel. Calling it an organization that is not worthy of its name, Haley decried the membership of countries like China, Cuba and Venezuela which also have been slammed for human-rights violations.
The announcement, though, also came just a day after the U.N. human rights chief denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents. I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from our human rights commitments. 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, Haley said. We did not make this decision lightly. When this administration began 17 months ago, we were well aware of the enormous flaws in the Human Rights Council. We could have withdrawn immediately. We did not do that. Instead, we made a good faith effort to resolve the problems.
Haley said that if the council does reform,
the United States would be happy to rejoin.