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The United States announced withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council

The White House accused the organization of bias and hypocrisy.

US Permanent Representative to the UN Nikki Haley and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, photo Reuters

US Permanent Representative to the UN Nikki Haley at a press conference said that the country will be released from the UN Human Rights Council. Haley did not rule out that America will return to the HRO if the organization is reformed.

We took this step because our commitment to [respect for human rights] does not allow us to remain part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that mocks human rights.

Nikki Haley
US Permanent Representative to the United Nations

According to the US ambassador, despite withdrawing from the Council, the country will remain faithful to obligations in the field of human rights protection. She explained that the authorities as early as 2017 planned to withdraw from the organization, but hoped for changes. Now that the US has “seen no progress” over the year, the country decided to leave the Council.

The main reason for the decision, Haley called the hypocrisy and bias of the HRO. She noted that the Council protects “human rights violators”, ignoring the problems in Venezuela, China and Cuba, and also welcoming the Republic of the Congo as a new member of the organization.

The US Ambassador reminded that over the past few years the HRO has imposed 5 resolutions – more than against other countries, such as North Korea, Iran or Syria combined. According to Haley, this indicates the bias of the Council, which is motivated not by human rights, but by politics. She noted that the US can return to the HRO if necessary reforms are made there.

After Hayley’s statement, the spokesman for the head of the council Stefan Dujarrik expressed regret to such a decision by the US. According to him, the UN model plays an important role in world politics for the protection of human rights.

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