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US Quits UN Human Rights Council Accusing Body Of Anti-Israel Bias

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US Quits UN Human Rights Council Accusing Body Of Anti-Israel Bias

US Ambassador to the United Nation Nikki Haley speaks at the US Department of State in Washington DC on June 19, 2018. AFP/Getty Images

On June 19, the US officially announced its decision to quit the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The move followed more than a year of US protests against the 47-nation body, mostly aimed at accusing the UNHRC of anti-Israel and anti-US bias.

“For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias,” Haley said. “Regrettably, 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 in an attempt to distract from the abusers in their ranks.”

She described the UN HRC as “a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.” Haley also accused accused a number of nations of impeding the UNHRC reform.

“When we made it clear we would strongly pursue council reform, these countries came out of the woodwork to oppose it. Russia, China, Cuba, and Egypt all attempted to undermine our reform efforts this past year,” the diplomat said.

​Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on the same day that Israel thanks the US administration for the “bold decision” to quit the UNHRC.

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