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United Nations says human rights are 'pillar' of its work

21 June 2018
United Nations says human rights are 'pillar' of its work

"China will continue to work with other parties and make contributions to the sound development of worldwide human rights through constructive dialogue and collaboration", he said.

"For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias ..."

"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.

China now sits on the council and rights groups have repeatedly criticized Beijing for seeking to stifle criticism of its own conduct.

"Israel is, as the saying goes, a canary in the mineshaft for the United States", Bolton said.

Why not send famed law professor and pro-Israel advocate Alan Dershowitz to be Washington's new ambassador to the Human Rights Council, Neuer suggested. We make our share of mistakes, and we correct them.

It only joined in 2009 under President Barack Obama, and won re-election to the council in 2012. "All Trump seems to care about is defending Israel".

The Human Rights Council is a 47-country body that draws its mandate from the U.N. General Assembly, and meets three times a year in Geneva.

"Human rights are an essential element of American global foreign policy", Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a statement at the time of the announcement. Before following through on the U.S. withdrawal threat, Haley presented several demands for reforms, including the abolition of Agenda Item 7, which, since being adopted in 2007, has singled out Israel for perpetual censure.

"In doing so, I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from human rights commitments; on the contrary, 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".

He added that despite some shortcomings, the Human Rights Council "has done some very good work, highlighting human rights abuses around the world, scrutinising and bringing facts to light which enable us to holding these countries to account". "With others, we will engage in the work of improving the United Nations human rights system". It added that the US criticism of the council for failing to make changes advocated by Washington appears "cynical". After a year off, Washington was re-elected in 2016 for its current third term.

Elizabeth Wilde, deputy head of mission in Geneva for Australia, said her country "shares numerous U.S.'s concerns about the HRC", but will continue to support the council "despite its flaws".

Russia's United Nations mission responded in a statement that the US had tried but failed to turn the Council into an "obedient instrument for advancing their interests and punishing the countries it dislikes".

The United States has opted to stay out of the Human Rights Council before: The George W. Bush administration opted against seeking membership when the council was created in 2006.