The United States has pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, accusing it of chronic bias against Israel.
The US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, at a news conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the body is hypocritical and self-serving.
Ms Haley last year accused the Council of chronic anti-Israel bias and said the US was reviewing its membership.
While Haley has criticized the council for its opposition to many Israeli policies, the move comes less than a week after the United Nations’ high commissioner for human rights described the Trump administration family-separation policy toward immigrants as “unconscionable.”
Formed in 2006, the UN Human Rights Council has been criticised for allowing countries with questionable human rights records to be members.
UN officials have not yet commented on the US announcement.
The move comes amid intense criticism over the Trump administration's policy of separating child migrants from their parents at the US-Mexico border.
while the practical implications of withdrawal are limited – the Human Rights Council is not in the habit of making binding policy decisions – this is poised to become the latest in a series of examples in which the Trump administration has declared it has no use for international coalitions.
This is, after all, the same White House that also rejected the Paris climate accords, the international nuclear agreement with Iran, and the Trans Pacific Partnership. It’s also offered frequent criticisms of NATO and thumbed its nose at international rules-based order when it comes to trade.
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