“For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias,” Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the UN, said Tuesday at the State Department in Washington. She also appreciated the decision was an affirmation of U.S. respect for human rights, a commitment that “does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.”
Haley slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for thwarting U.S. efforts to reform the council. President Donald Trump’s immigration policy was criticized Monday the United Nations Human Rights Council, separating children from parents illegally crossing the southern border of the U.S. being considered “unconscionable.” The U.S. warned a year ago it would pull out if the council didn’t address its bias toward Israel and the fact that many of its current members including China, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have poor human rights records themselves. United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Secretary General Antonio Guterres “would have much preferred for the United States to remain” a member. “It’s an imperfect body but it has a decent track record,” said Stephen Pomper, director of U.S. programs at the International Crisis Group and a former National Security Council director under President Barack Obama.