United State withdraws from United Nations Human Rights Commission

The United State withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council yesterday accusing it of a “chronic bias against Israel.” U.S. envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, who announced her country’s decision in Washington, slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for thwarting U.S. efforts to reform the council.

She also criticized countries which shared U.S. values and encouraged Washington to remain but “were unwilling to seriously challenge the status quo.” The U.S. is half-way through a three-year term on the main U.N. rights body and the Trump administration had long threatened to quit if the 47-member Geneva-based body was not overhauled.