The US Just Ditched the UN Human Rights Council in Defense of Israel

In what critics framed as Orwellian ‘up-is-down, down-is-up’ remarks from the State Department on Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially announced that the U.S. is withdrawing from its participation in the U.N. Human Rights Council, claiming the body responsible for upholding international standards for human rights was no longer “worthy of its name.”

Haley—who has steadfastly refused to acknowledge the human rights violations of close U.S. ally Israel, including multiple charges regarding that country’s alleged war crimes carried out against Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza—said the withdrawal from the council was necessary “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.”

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Palestinian rights activists, in particular, expressed contempt for the announcement and its implications:

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Not a surprise, as the move had been telegraphed for weeks, the official announcement was still met with scorn by actual human rights defenders who broadly condemned the move.

“I am outraged, but frankly not surprised,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif), in a statement after the announcement was made.

“This decision serves no purpose other than to weaken our leadership on the world stage and isolate us from our allies,” Lee continued. “With sensitive negotiations underway with North Korea and ongoing human rights abuses happening around the world, our government should be upholding our commitments – not retreating from our role in protecting human rights.”

Abby Maxman, president of Oxfam America, said the move was “short-sighted” and would have “profound consequences” for U.S. standing in the world and its legacy on human rights.

“Diplomacy is not a zero-sum game,” Maxman added. “Creating lasting, positive change for people around the world requires a long-term commitment to human rights. But as children are being ripped from their parents’ arms at the US border and domestic violence survivors are being told that their suffering is not worthy of asylum in the US, the Trump administration seems to have determined that it has more to gain by dismantling human rights protections for some than raising the bar for everyone.”

Amnesty International put it this way:

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As Lee put it, “Relinquishing our seat at the table will not advance human rights. It won’t empower the oppressed. It will only undermine America’s credibility in the world.”

Top Photo | The United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley waves to reporters as she arrives to the home of the U.S. Mission in New York, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (AP/Seth Wenig)

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