Trump May Withdraw U.S. From UN Human Rights Council: REPORT
Just days after pulling the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, President Donald Trump has instructed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, to warn the UN Human Rights Council that the U.S. may withdraw due to “anti-Israel bias,” Reuters reported Monday.
Haley, who holds cabinet rank in President Donald Trump’s administration, is visiting Geneva this week for the council’s sessions, where she plans to call for reforms, according to the report.
Haley said last week Washington would decide on whether to withdraw from the Council after its three-week session ends this month.
“The council must end its practice of wrongly singling out Israel for criticism,” Haley wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post on Friday, noting that she plans to outline necessary changes to the Council during her visit to Geneva this week.
John Fisher, who leads Human Rights Watch in Geneva did, not appear to fear an immediate withdrawal.
“Our understanding is that it is going to be a message of engagement and reform,” Fisher told reporters.
“It is an anomaly that there is a dedicated agenda item in a way that there isn’t for North Korea or Syria or anything else,” he said.
Haley also criticized the membership of Communist Cuba and Venezuela citing rights violations. However, she made no mention of Egypt or Saudi Arabia, two U.S. allies elected despite quashing dissent.
Under the Trump administration, Washington has broken with decades of U.S. foreign policy by turning away from multilateralism. His decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement last week drew criticism from governments around the world.