Trump Withdraws from UN Human Rights Council, Ordered by Israel

Monstrous and unimaginable, shameful...


Washington has decided to walk out of the UN Human Rights Council, accusing the body of hypocrisy. The US has long cited concerns about the body’s “anti-Israel bias.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley announced the decision at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

“The US is officially withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council,” Haley said, calling it a “hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.”

“American participation is the last shred of credibility the council has,” Haley argued. “That is precisely why we must leave.”

“The Human Rights Council is a poor defender of human rights. Worse than that, it has become an exercise in shameless hypocrisy,” Pompeo said, blasting the council for passing more resolutions against Israel than against the rest of the world combined.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the US for the “courageous decision” to leave the body, which he called a “biased, hostile, anti-Israel organization that has betrayed its mission of protecting human rights.”

“The US decision to leave this prejudiced body is an unequivocal statement that enough is enough,” Netanyahu said. “Israel welcomes the American announcement.”

This is the first time a member of the council would leave the body voluntarily. The US was halfway through its three-year term on the 47-member panel.

On Monday, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein criticized Washington over the “unconscionable” policy of separating children of immigrants who cross the border illegally and holding them in detention centers.

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“I call on the United States to immediately end the practice of forcible separation of these children,” al-Hussein said.

While the timing of the US exit from the UN body coincides with this criticism, Washington’s objections to the Human Rights Council over the years have mostly been in regard to Israel. Ambassador Haley has accused the council of a “relentless, pathological campaign” against Israel, and said the US would leave unless the body gets rid of its “chronic anti-Israel bias.”

Shortly after its establishment in 2006, the council voted to make a review of alleged human rights abuses by Israel a permanent feature of every session, known as Agenda Item 7. Likewise, the body’s special rapporteur on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the only expert whose mandate is not time-limited.

The George W. Bush administration boycotted the council at its inception, but the Obama administration decided to “re-engage” with the body in 2009. Even so, in 2011 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused the council of “structural bias” against Israel.

Domestically, some critics of President Donald Trump are citing the move as proof his administration does not believe in human rights and rule of law.

The decision “sends a clear message that the Trump administration does not intend to lead the world when it comes to human rights,” said Senator Chris Coons (D-Delaware), who serves on the Foreign Relations Committee.

Leaving the council is unlikely any immediate practical implications for US diplomacy, aside from allowing the UN body to continue condemnations of Israel without much in the way of opposition. Last month, when the council voted to investigate the killing of over 100 Palestinians in protests along the Israel-Gaza border and accused Israel of excessive force, only the US and Australia voted against.


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    “The US is officially withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council,” Haley said, calling it a “hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.”

    No worse hypocrite ever made a mockery of human rights than Haley, going to bat in her batty, mind-boggling way for an entity so low on common decency and unutterably intransigent towards Palestinians it can be called, for all its despicable lack of human rights and secret, underground – a la Mossad, mode of operations – The Pits.

    The United Nations charter has provisions in place to legally protect even rogue Nations like Israel from unfair and unwarranted criticism by the UN. If the criticism of Israel was spurious and unwarranted the United States could have challenged the entire tranche of complaints and resolutions against the so-called ‘only democracy’ in the Middle East. And heaven knows, there are enough of them. But no! The complaints against Israel are an accumulation of egregious incidents compiled and compounded over a long period of time that represent an indefensible stack of indictments that even Halley couldn’t harangue or argue against further without unmasking and exposing herself for censure beneath contempt. So much for the fulminations of a fool. Exit clown, stage left.

  3. This is great news! Now maybe without the US vetoing resolutions made against Human rights abusers like Israel and the other countries it supports including Saudi Arabia, the human race can progress and start taking some action against these perpetrators. I suppose there is a silver lining in the cloud with this announcement. And besides there is no loss with them withdrawing, they never did anything productive whilst they were in there except demonise countries that didn’t deserve it or prevented action against countries that did deserve it. As for Nikki Haley, she can go get f*cked, she is a poor excuse for a human being if ever there was one.

  4. “American participation is the last shred of credibility the council has,” Haley argued. “That is precisely why we must leave.”

    Pfft, BS. Anyone who does not respect human rights, should not be part of the UNHRC. The USG doesn’t give a stiff sh!t about human rights, just ask Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Syria and every other country the USG has invaded and destroyed over the years. Nikki Haley is one of my least favourite people on earth. Her lies are difficult to tolerate. Her speech to AIPAC was just as disgusting as Trump’s.

    Bibi called the UNHRC a “biased, hostile, anti-Israel organization that has betrayed its mission of protecting human rights.” I’m surprised that delusion khazar didn’t pull the antisemitism card. Israel is clearly the world’s worst human rights violators, as was determined by the UN. So instead of trying to be better people, Israel is desperate to discredit the UN.

    • Israel deliberately targets civilian men, women and children, starves civilian populations, runs the world’s largest open air prison camp, illegally occupies vast swaths of land which they stole by violent military force and has blatantly ignored every UN resolution passed against them, but the UN are the bad guys for calling them on it? Oy vey! If there was any justice in the world, Israel would be pressured by a world wide boycott and all kinds of economic/trade sanctions to force them to comply with every resolution passed against them.

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