Washington – The United States has withdrawn from the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations. This was announced by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Haley lambasted the UN saying that the United States was not interested in being a part of an organisation which has become a den of human rights violators and is plagued with hate for Israel and political bias. But withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Commission does not mean that the United States has divested itself of the responsibility to protect Human Rights. Instead, the United States will work with more zest for protection of Human rights around the world, said Haley.
Since the last few days, it was being reported that the United States was contemplating withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Commission. Accordingly, while announcing the withdrawal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador Nikki Haley heavily criticised the UN Human Rights Commission. ‘This Commission with 47 members has become a den of Israel-haters and human-rights abusers. Countries like China, Cuba and Venezuela, which are gross violators of Human Rights, are members of this Commission,’ retorted Haley. ‘This has become a group of people who themselves trample human rights and hence are enemies of people who actually follow human rights,’ criticised Haley.
Despite this, the Trump administration did not reach the decision to withdraw, in a hurry. From the very beginning the United States had made all the efforts to point out and correct the flawed and biased system of operations followed by the Commission. But as these efforts were not successful, the United States has decided to withdraw, clarified Haley. However the withdrawal from the Commission does not in any way mean that the United States has given up on the issue of human rights. Instead, it will work with a renewed vigour for protection of human rights around the world, said Haley and assured that the United States was committed to this cause.
Meanwhile, the United States had expressed intense displeasure over the Commission’s criticism of the Israeli action against the protestors from the Gaza Strip. The United States had blamed the Commission of being anti-Israel. The Trump administration has recently taken a decision to separate the children of illegal immigrants from their parents. This has been highly criticised as a gross violation of human rights. The member countries of the Commission had made preparations to target the United States by raising this issue in the Commission’s meeting. Therefore, there are claims being made from a section of the media that the United States’ decision to withdraw appears more to protect itself from criticism, rather than to defend Israel.