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U.S. Becomes First Nation To Voluntarily Withdraw From U.N. Human Rights Council

Associated Press: Trump administration pulls U.S. out of U.N. human rights council
“The United States announced Tuesday it was leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it ‘an organization that is not worthy of its name’…” (Lee/Lederman, 6/19).

The Hill: U.S. pulls out of U.N. Human Rights Council
“…U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley announced the withdrawal alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, following multiple news reports that the move was imminent…” (Anapol, 6/19).

New York Times: Trump Administration Withdraws U.S. From U.N. Human Rights Council
“…It was the first time a member has voluntarily left the United Nations Human Rights Council. The United States now joins Iran, North Korea, and Eritrea as the only countries that refuse to participate in the council’s meetings and deliberations…” (Harris, 6/19).

POLITICO: U.S. withdrawing from U.N. Human Rights Council
“…The move will nevertheless add to concerns that the United States is, under Trump, retreating from its leading position as an international advocate for human rights. It’s also the latest example of the Trump administration’s quitting multilateral institutions and agreements, coming on the heels of its withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris climate agreement, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal…” (Toosi, 6/19).

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Withdrawing From U.N. Human Rights Council
“…Ms. Haley said the U.S. had warned the Human Rights Council that it would leave unless it adopted ‘essential reforms,’ such as public voting and removing a requirement to debate the human-rights situation in Palestinian areas. Ms. Haley called it a ‘hypocritical and self-serving’ organization that protects rights abusers, and a ‘cesspool of political bias.’ The U.N. didn’t comment on the allegations, but said in a statement that it would have preferred for the U.S. to remain in the Council…” (Donati et al., 6/19).

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