Trump administration officials announced on Tuesday that the U.S. has officially pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, declaring that the international body is “not worthy of its name.”
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who announced the withdrawal alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, blasted the council as a “protector of human rights abusers and cesspool of political bias” and accused the body of “politicizing and scapegoating countries with positive human rights records.”
“We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights,” she said, adding that the U.S. would be “happy” to rejoin the 47-member body if it is reformed.
"If the [UN] Human Rights Council is going to attack countries that uphold human rights and shield countries that abuse human rights, then America should not provide it with any credibility," Haley says as she announces the U.S. departure of the council. https://t.co/FlIhdz0Ts8 pic.twitter.com/YgnGJ6YvSv
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The move comes as the Trump administration faces near universal condemnation over its “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration that’s led to migrant children being separated from their parents at the U.S-Mexico border.
The U.N. Human Rights Council recently called for an end to the policy.
“Once again, the United Nations shows its hypocrisy by calling out the United States while it ignores the reprehensible human rights records of several members of its own Human Rights Council,” Haley said in response.
Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, slammed the U.S. policy in the latest session on Monday, saying “the thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable.”