USA withdraws from UN Human Rights Council in major support to Israel

One of dozens of fires in southern Israel

One of dozens of fires in southern Israel

Previous administrations have also expressed concerns regarding the U.N. Human Rights Council - often questioning the willingness to have notorious human rights abusers as members of the council.

The US plans to announce its withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday because of its perceived anti-Israel bias, according to a report.

Standing with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Haley said the "disproportionate focus and unending hostility toward Israel is clear proof that the council is motivated by political bias, not by human rights".

The Human Rights Council is a body of 47 member states that works around the world to protect human rights.

"The UN Human Rights Council has always been a problem".

The United States boycotted the Human Rights Council for three years under President George W. Bush before rejoining under President Barack Obama in 2009.

National Security Adviser John Bolton opposed the council's creation when he was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in 2006.

The US allegiance with Israel also proved to be a factor in the decision.

This decision on human rights comes amid fierce criticism of President Trump's Mexico border policy.

The US is set to pull out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, unnamed UN officials say. And it leaves the council without the United States playing a key role in promoting human rights around the world.

"Haley, who issued a warning a year ago that Washington would make good on its threat to leave the council if reforms were not carried through, used even starker language".

Hussein condemned the United States' decision to leave the council on Tuesday.

But, as Haley stressed, Washington also believes it comes up short on criticizing even flagrant abuses by USA opponents like Venezuela and Cuba. Members serve for three-year terms and can serve only two terms in a row.

Haley has also objected to the publication of a United Nations database which names companies operating in West Bank settlements, with Israel claiming that it might serve to drive business investments away, in light of its human rights record there.

No one would argue that the UN Human Rights Council isn't a noble idea.

The top United Nations human rights official voiced dismay at USA decision, saying that Washington should step up its engagement given the number of violations worldwide.

The Human Rights Council was created in 2006 after its precursor the Human Rights Commission was disbanded by then-Secretary General Kofi Annan because of a "credibility deficit". Under President Barack Obama's administration, the USA officially joined the UNHRC in 2009. The commission had faced severe criticism because its members included countries with poor rights records that undercut its mission. But, as Morello notes, even with the US on board, the Council passed five resolutions condemning Israel in one day in March. Item 7 on "Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories" has been part of the council's regular business nearly as long as it has existed.

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