>> The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, the latest US rejection of a multilateral engagement. US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley slammed the body in her announcement.>> We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.
>> Haley accused the body of a chronic bias against Israel and of protecting human rights abusers, rather than holding them accountable. She criticized member states, Russia, China, Cuba, and Egypt, for derailing US efforts to reform the council. And said not even countries who shared US values were willing to help.
>> Ultimately however, many of these like-minded countries were unwilling to seriously challenge the status quo.>> Among the reforms the US was pushing was to make it easier to kick out member states with poor rights records. On Twitter, UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called the announcement disappointing, if not surprising news.
The Geneva-based council meets three times a year to examine human rights violations worldwide. It voted last month to probe killings in Gaza, and accused Israel of using excessive force. Only the US and Australia voted no.>> Thank you.>> The moves follows decisions by the US to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and the 2015 nuclear deal.