Haley blasts human rights groups for 'thwarting' reform of United Nations council

China Says It Regrets US Quitting UN Human Rights Council

China Says It Regrets US Quitting UN Human Rights Council

"By attacking and blaming NGOs for its own failure, the Trump administration is taking a page out of the book of some of the worst governments around the world", said Human Rights Watch's United Nations director Louis Charbonneau. Haley said that was "a contributing factor" in the USA decision to leave the council.

"For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias", Haley said. She also criticized countries which shared USA values and encouraged Washington to remain, but "were unwilling to seriously challenge the status quo".

The U.S. national security adviser has defended the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, saying "we don't need advice by the U.N. or other worldwide bodies on how to govern ourselves". "The Human Rights Council is a poor defender of human rights".

USA federal facilities now hold in excess of 11,000 children who have been separated from their parents, who are suspected of immigration offences.

"The Human Rights Council enables abuses by absolving wrongdoers through silence and falsely condemning those that committed no offence", Pompeo said.

The council, she added, has a "chronic bias against Israel".

"Regrettably, it is now clear that our call for reform was not heeded", Haley said.

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Among reforms the USA had pushed for was to make it easier to kick out member states with egregious rights records. US leaves UN Human Rights Council US pulls out of UN Human Rights Council US plans to withdraw from UN Human Rights Council: report MORE announced the USA would withdraw from the council, saying that the global body was "not worthy of its name".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office called the US decision "courageous", calling it "an unequivocal statement that enough is enough".

Then she publicly announced the move at a joint press appearance with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Although numerous officials have said repeatedly that "America First does not mean America Alone", the administration has retreated from multiple multilateral accords and consensuses since it took office. The U.S. announced its withdrawal from the council on Wednesday, citing among other things its alleged anti-Israel bias.

Earlier, deputy permanent representative Yu Jianhua of China - which has sporadically faced USA criticism over its human rights record - said his delegation was "disappointed" about the US pullout.

No-one, she argues, is lily white when it comes to human rights, not the least America which has allowed kids to be "ripped away from their parents".

"The Human Rights Council without the U.S. will be weaker, but endeavors of the United States in protecting and promoting human rights throughout the world will be weaker as well", Pahor said.

"It is bad news for everyone who cares about human rights", Slovenian President Borut Pahor said on the UNHRC floor in Geneva on Wednesday. "A mere look around the world today demonstrates that the council has failed in its stated objectives". Brett Schaefer, a senior fellow, pointed out that Trump could have withdrawn immediately after taking office but instead gave the council 18 months to make changes.

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