United States has withdrawn from the United Nations Human Rights Council and condemned alleged hypocrisy of its members and bias against Israel. US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, announced the decision in Washington alongside President Donald Trump’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The announcement came after the top UN human rights official criticised Washington for separating migrant children from their parents who are seeking asylum after crossing into the country from Mexico.
But Haley and Pompeo stressed the decision had been made after a long year of efforts to shame the council into reform and to remove member states that themselves commit abuses.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he regretted Washington’s decision, adding that the UN’s human rights architecture plays a very important role in the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide.