China 'disappointed' with United States move to quit United Nations rights body

Russia strongly rebuffed U.S. criticism of its air strikes in Syria on Tuesday reminding Washington how it had support

Russia strongly rebuffed U.S. criticism of its air strikes in Syria on Tuesday reminding Washington how it had support

"It is unfortunate that your letter sought to undermine our attempts to improve the Human Rights Council".

The European Union said the move "risks undermining the role of the U.S. as a champion and supporter of democracy on the world stage", while British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called it "regrettable".

The announcement came just a day after the United Nations human rights chief, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents.

Russian Federation says that the USA exit from the United Nations' Human Rights Council reflects Washington's unilateralist approach to global affairs.

Soini said that he believed the council would be weaker without the United States, but took solace from the fact that the USA said it was still committed to advancing human rights in global arenas.

The US name sign is photographed one day after the United States announced its withdrawal at the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council at the UN headquarters in Geneva on Wednesday.

The advocates' resounding message: Yes the Human Rights Council is flawed, but the U.S. can do a lot more to improve global respect for rights from within the tent than outside it.

The move is indeed a political protest, one made to further secure the loyalty of Israel, a chronic human rights violator by most accounts.

"This decision is counterproductive to American national security and foreign policy interests and will make it more hard to advance human rights priorities and aid victims of abuse around the world", the organizations said in a joint statement.

And the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank close to the Trump administration, defended the move, calling the council "notably incurious about the human rights situations in some of the world's most oppressive countries".

"The Trump administration's withdrawal is a sad reflection of its one-dimensional human rights policy: Defending Israeli abuses from criticism takes precedence above all else", he said. Before following through on the United States withdrawal threat, Haley presented several demands for reforms, including the abolition of Agenda Item 7, which, since being adopted in 2007, has singled out Israel for perpetual censure.

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There are 47 countries in the Human Rights Council, elected by the U.N.'s General Assembly with a specific number of seats allocated for each region of the globe.

Twelve rights and aid groups, including Human Rights First, Save the Children and CARE, had earlier warned Pompeo the U.S. withdrawal would "make it more hard to advance human rights priorities and aid victims of abuse around the world".

Pointing to the United States withdrawal under Trump from the Paris Climate Accords, the Iran nuclear deal, and heightened USA friction with allies as seen at the recent G7 summit, the official adds, "You could make the case for each action individually, but if you put it all together you have to wonder what it says about the direction of the U.S.".

Charbonneau cited a commission of inquiry set up for war-torn Syria, saying that it "has been working for the last seven years uncovering ghastly abuses and reporting publicly on them"; the establishment of a fact-finding mission on Myanmar, "where we've seen ethnic cleansing on a scale that is mind-blogging"; as well as "looking at the problems in South Sudan, Burundi, Congo and North Korea".

The United Nations' Human Rights Council returned to business as usual Wednesday despite the US pulling out a day earlier.

Libya was suspended in 2011 after a government crackdown on protesters.

Under President George W Bush, the United States boycotted the body for three years after its establishment 12 years ago.

Under President Barack Obama, who was sworn in as president in 2009, the U.S. was elected to the body for the maximum two consecutive terms.

He noted he voted against creating the council when he served as U.N. Ambassador during the George W. Bush administration.

The United States' current term on the council ends next year.

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