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U.S. Withdraws from UN Human Rights Council over Bias Against Israel (US State Dept. via Daily Alert)

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Jun. 20, 2018

U.S. Withdraws from UN Human Rights Council over Bias Against Israel
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday: “Today, we need to be honest – the Human Rights Council is a poor defender of human rights. Worse than that, the Human Rights Council has become an exercise in shameless hypocrisy – with many of the world’s worst human rights abuses going ignored, and some of the world’s most serious offenders sitting on the council itself. The only thing worse than a council that does almost nothing to protect human rights is a council that covers for human rights abuses and is therefore an obstacle to progress and an impediment to change.”
“The council’s continued and well-documented bias against Israel is unconscionable. Since its creation, the council has adopted more resolutions condemning Israel than against the rest of the world combined….When organizations undermine our national interests and our allies, we will not be complicit.”
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said: “It is now clear that our call for reform was not heeded. Human rights abusers continue to serve on and be elected to the council. The world’s most inhumane regimes continue to escape scrutiny, and the council continues politicizing and scapegoating of countries with positive human rights records….Therefore, as we said we would do a year ago if we did not see any progress, the United States is officially withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council.”  (U.S. State Department)

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