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US Abruptly Moves To Ditch U.N. Human Rights Council: Report


US Abruptly Moves To Ditch U.N. Human Rights Council: Report

The United States will pull out of the United Nation’s Human Rights Council, according to a report by Reuters.

Two diplomatic sources told the news agency that the move could be “imminent.”

The news comes ahead of the council’s three-week session in Geneva that starts on Monday.

U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has clashed with the council for being critical Israel use of force in Gaza. Most recently, the United States was the only member to vote against a proposal to investigate Israel’s alleged use of excessive force in Gaza.

Haley has criticized the Council over what she called a “chronic anti-Israel bias.”

“When the council passes more than 70 resolutions against Israel, a country with a strong human rights record, and just seven resolutions against Iran, a country with an abysmal human rights record, you know something is seriously wrong,” she wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Post last June.

The U.S. rejoined the council under former President Obama after boycotting for three years under former President George W. Bush.

Haley has also called for other reforms to the body, including making it easier to expel member states with poor human rights records, specifically Venezuela, China and Saudi Arabia.

Swiss Ambassador Valentin Zellweger expressed concern over the potential withdrawal.

“The decision by the Americans will have a profound impact on the Council,” Zellweger told Reuters. “If they withdraw, we can expect significant consequences.”

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