US President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday. The reasons given by the Trump administration is centered around bias the body has shown in regards to Israel, and also how the originations has welcomed member countries which are well known for their human right abuses, but also seems to point at Israel as the biggest offender.
United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley in her media briefing regarding the withdrawal, stated that the UN Human Rights Council is a “toothless body that doesn’t live up to its name, needing major reforms are needed before it can become credible again.” She also mentioned that there are certain members within the council preventing any reform from happening.
Nikki Haley then went on to blame Russia, China, Venezuela, Cuba and Iran as the main culprits for the lack of reform within the body, adding that the entrance of the Democratic Republic of Congo as new member to the UN Human Right Council as another example of hypocrisy the body has shown.
She ended off by stating that the USA will continue fighting for human rights outside of the body and only once it has shown significant reforms, the US will consider rejoining. Some political analysts believe the US pulling out of the Human Rights Council is backlash to how the body reacted to President Trump’s remakes on refugees and immigrants entering America.