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Trump says the US will withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council

Jasmine Andersson June 19, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 02: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump gestures to reporters after joining Broadcom CEO Hock Tan in announcing the repatriation of Tan's company headquarters to the United States from Singapore during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, DC, 11-2-17. At left is Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). (Photo by Martin H. Simon - Pool/Getty Images)

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Trump’s administration intend to withdraw the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley are scheduled to announce the withdrawal at 5 p.m EST, reported The Hill.

The US could withdraw from arguably the most important human rights body in the world.

US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on June 9, 2018, during the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump at the G7 Summit in Quebec (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty)

“For our part, the United States will not sit quietly while this body, supposedly dedicated to human rights, continues to damage the cause of human rights,” the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said in a statement.

“In the end, no speech and no structural reforms will save the members of the Human Rights Council from themselves.”

The move comes after Haley and the Trump administration said that the body was targeting Israel.

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The US also wanted more stringent criteria for membership and the ability to kick countries that have egregious human rights records off the council, reported CNN.

These states include Venezuela, China and Saudi Arabia.

In Saudi Arabia, being gay is punishable by death.

US President Donald Trump (C) waves next to Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto / AFP PHOTO / Vietnam News Agency / STR

The ambassador has threatened to pull out of the UN council before.

Last year, she intended to step back from the 47-nation body under the Trump administration’s narrative of reneging on international agreements and forums under the president’s “America First” policy.

The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump attends a presser with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Oval Office of the White House on April 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump will hold talks and a working lunch with Chancellor Merkel and participate in a joint news conference with her afterwards. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
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It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year. It meets at the UN Office at Geneva.

Several non-government organizations have sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo decrying the expected decision, reported CNN.

More: Donald Trump, human rights, UN, United Nations Human Rights Council, US

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