Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

United Nations says human rights are 'pillar' of its work

United Nations says human rights are 'pillar' of its work

Standing with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for thwarting US efforts to reform the council.

"By attacking and blaming NGOs for its own failure, the Trump administration is taking a page out of the book of some of the worst governments around the world", said Human Rights Watch's United Nations director Louis Charbonneau.

Human Rights Watch U.N. director Louis Charbonneau said the US draft General Assembly resolution "could have backfired badly and the process could have been hijacked" by the countries seeking to undermine the Human Rights Council.

"It's a setback that they've made this decision because the cooperation has been good", said Soini. "It is bad news, I think for the United States, it is bad news for everybody who cares about human rights", Slovenian President Borut Pahor told the 47-member forum in Geneva where the USA seat was empty.

"Human rights are an essential element of American global foreign policy", Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a statement at the time of the announcement. "Such a council, in fact, damages the cause of human rights", Haley said.

Once he receives formal notification of the USA withdrawal, Suc said he would arrange for the American seat to be removed and work with the General Assembly to elect a replacement member.

Israel is the only country recorded as a dedicated agenda item.

Haley says the organizations wrote a joint letter to members of the Human Rights Council urging them to oppose a USA -sponsored resolution to reform it. The United States is traditionally one of its largest donors.

Dujarric said the council, which reviews the human rights records of United Nations, and special investigators who work on rights issues "play a critical role in protecting and promoting human rights across the world". The official wasn't authorized to comment publicly and insisted on anonymity.

"The Human Rights Council enables abuses by absolving wrongdoers through silence and falsely condemning those that committed no offence", Pompeo said.

The U.S. pullout was bound to have ripple effects for at least two countries at the council: China and Israel. "For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias".

The Human Rights Council is a 47-country body that draws its mandate from the U.N. General Assembly, and meets three times a year in Geneva.

The United States has opted to stay out of the Human Rights Council before: The George W. Bush administration opted against seeking membership when the council was created in 2006.

"The Human Rights Council has become an exercise in shameless hypocrisy, with numerous world's worst human-rights abuses going ignored and some of the world's most serious offenders sitting on the council itself", Pompeo reveals. The U.S. joined the body only in 2009 under President Barack Obama.

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