US Will Reportedly Withdraw From UN Human Rights Council

WATCH LIVE: US quits UNHRC, 'We did not take this decision lightly'

Ms Haley said a year ago that Washington was reviewing its membership and called for reform and elimination of a "chronic anti-Israel bias".

"The UN Human Rights Council has played an important role in such countries as North Korea, Syria, Myanmar and South Sudan, but all Trump seems to care about is defending Israel", Human Rights Watch executive director Ken Roth said. "The world's most inhumane regimes continue to escape scrutiny".

Bloomberg News notes the HRC began its latest session on Monday by discussing the USA media's new obsession, the "policy of separating children from parents crossing the southern border illegally", which High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein called "unconscionable".

Just the day before, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, has openly criticized the administration's policy of separating immigrant kids and parents, referring to statements that call it "child abuse".

USA ambassador to the United Nations blasts the Council for its 'politicized scapegoating of countries with positive human rights records'.

"We will continue to lead on human rights outside the misnamed human rights council". She also criticized countries which shared USA values and encouraged Washington to remain, but "were unwilling to seriously challenge the status quo".

The Human Rights Council was created in 2006 after its precursor the Human Rights Commission was disbanded by then-Secretary General Kofi Annan because of a "credibility deficit".

The U.S., under former President George W. Bush, initially boycotted the council - established in 2006 - but rejoined in 2009 under former President Obama. The body has a permanent standing agenda item on suspected violations committed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories that Washington wanted removed.

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"For example, it is a massive source of embarrassment to the United Nations that some governments with egregious human rights records sit on the U.N. Human Rights Council".

Although numerous officials have said repeatedly that "America First does not mean America Alone", the administration has retreated from multiple multilateral accords and consensuses since it took office.

Last year, Haley warned the Geneva-based council that the US would withdraw if it did not end its systematic scrutiny of Israel and alleged Israeli rights abuses against Palestinians. "Human Rights" Council is an oxymoron that does not deserve our respect or support.

Barack Obama made a decision to have the United States rejoin the new UNHRC shortly after taking office.

The move also comes in the days following the United States' president embracing the world's worst murderous dictator. In that situation, the USA would be able to speak out on rights abuses, but not to vote.

The U.S. withdrawal from the council isn't exactly a surprise.

The body consists of 47 member states, with a specific number of seats given to each region of the world. After a year off, Washington was re-elected in 2016 for its current third term.

The administration has argued that the body, which issues a report on Israel at every session, is inherently biased against the USA ally.

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