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>> The empty seat left by the US after it withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council. It also left a power vacuum that America's allies in the chamber are all condemning.>> Yesterday's decision risk undermining the role of the US as a strong advocate and supporter of democracy on the world stage.
>> Britain, the European Union, and Australia all stayed on what ambassador Nikki Haley called->> A cesspool of political bias.>> They all say, they see the need for reform. There's fears the withdraw will amplify the voices of rivals like Russia and China, or other members with human rights questions to answer at home like Venezuela, Cuba, and Egypt.
When the council was formed in 2006, the Bush administration actually refused to join over the same perceptions of bias. When Barack Obama did eventually sign up three years later, it was under the auspices of reform and diplomatic engagement, and they did push the council into votes condemning places like Syria at the time.
President Trump's White House says, it was all too little, too late. The UN has multiple bodies that deal with human rights issues.