The United States has withdrawn from the United Nations Human Rights Council accusing it of “chronic bias” against Israel, in a move that was criticised by international human rights groups.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, announced the decision on Tuesday in Washington, DC.
“We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organisation that makes a mockery of human rights,” she told a press conference, alongside US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Minutes later, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human right, called the Washington’s announcement “disappointing, if not really surprising”.
“Given the state of human rights in today’s world, the US should be stepping up, not stepping back,” he added.
“Disappointing, if not really surprising, news. Given the state of #HumanRights in today’s world, the US should be stepping up, not stepping back” — UN Human Rights Chief #Zeid following USA decision to withdraw from U.N. Human Rights Council.#StandUp4HumanRights
— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) June 19, 2018
The US’ move comes after the council voted last month to probe the killings of scores of Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip and accused Israel of excessive use of force.
Al Jazeera’s Rosiland Jordan, reporting from Washington, DC, said the US exit from the 4