Britain condemns Israel bias at United Nations rights council

Elias Hubbard
June 20, 2018

Come dinner time on the East Coast, the United States will have announced its intent to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Commission.

But now, with Mike Pompeo at the State Department helm and Nikki Haley at the US ambassador to the United Nations post, and John Bolton at the National Security Adviser podium - and more importantly, a very "America First" President Donald Trump in the White House seat - the United States is finally going to do more than issue strongly worded statements of criticism.

The State Department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment by Bloomberg, while the United Nations said it hadn't been notified that the U.S. was withdrawing.

The US is set to pull out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, unnamed UN officials say.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein on Monday called on Washington to halt its "unconscionable" policy.

The United Nations Human Rights Council is comprised of a 47-member council.

Haley's reform agenda included competitive council elections, an end to secret ballots, and terminating support for the anti-Israel BDS movement.

Israel is the only country in the world whose rights record comes up for discussion at every council session, under "Item 7" on the agenda.

The officials said the administration had concluded that its efforts to promote reform on the council had failed and that withdrawal was the only step it could take to demonstrate its seriousness.

Speaking to the Human Rights Council, Mr Johnson said that its dedicated agenda item on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories was "disproportionate and damaging to the cause of peace". U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. "USA leadership matters. We're still the only ones with credibility on human rights on the world stage". The announcement would come a day after the U.N.'s human rights chief, in a speech to the council, criticized President Donald Trump's immigration policy decisions that have led his administration to separate families apprehended after entering the US illegally.

The United States initially shunned the panel over President George W. Bush's concerns that so many human rights offenders could be seated through noncompetitive elections for members nominated by their regional colleagues. The US joined the body only in 2009 under President Barack Obama.

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