The Trump administration is said to be considering pulling the U.S. out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, a body which has been criticized for allowing abusive governments’ participation and acting in a biased manner against Israel.
The Council is currently in session and a withdrawal would cause international alarm as it would result in the U.S. taking a much less active role in human rights issues globally.
The Trump administration warned Wednesday that it is reviewing its participation in the council, stating that it seeks for the U.N. to end its “obsession with Israel.”
Washington has criticized the Geneva-based council of targeting Israel unfairly in the human rights department, particularly citing war crimes against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state, Erin Barlacy told the council, “The United States … remains deeply troubled by the Council’s consistent unfair and unbalanced focus on one democratic country, Israel,”
“As we consider future engagements, my government will be considering the Council’s actions with an eye toward reform to more fully achieve the Council’s mission to protect and promote human rights,” she said.
The United States shares elected membership on the 47-seat council with known human rights violators, such as China and Saudi Arabia.
“There’s been a series of requests coming from the secretary of state’s office that suggests that he is questioning the value of the U.S. belonging to the Human Rights Council,” one former official is reported to have said.
The ultimate decision on this will likely be made by not only the president but U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and Sec. of State Rex Tillerson.
H/T: Fox News
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