The Trump administration has officially announced the U.S. has pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The Trump administration stated that the international body is “not worthy of its name.”
Following multiple news reports that the move was imminent, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley officially announced the withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley hit out at the council as a “protector of human rights abusers and cesspool of political bias” and said the Council is “politicizing and scapegoating countries with positive human rights records.”
The withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council had been expected as a result of the Trump administration’s frequent criticism of the group’s treatment of Israel.
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has repeatedly voted against the United Nations measures that were very critical of Israel, and she has criticized the council calling them “chronic anti-Israel bias.”
Under former President George W. Bush, The United States initially boycotted the United Nations Human Rights Council — established in 2006.
However, they rejoined in 2009 under former President Barack Obama.
Haley has requested other reforms to the United Nations Human Rights Council, saying they should make it much easier to expel states that have poor human rights records. She said the United States withdrawal came after the requested reforms were not fulfilled.
“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,” Haley said, also adding that the U.S. would be “happy” to rejoin the council if it is reformed.
The move comes as the Trump administration faces a backlash at home and abroad over its “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration that’s led to migrant families being separated at the U.S-Mexico border.
The United Nations Human Rights Council has called for an end to the policy, prompting more criticism from Haley.
“Once again, the United Nations shows its hypocrisy by calling out the United States while it ignores the reprehensible human rights records of several members of its own Human Rights Council,” she said.