Russia Condemns US Withdrawal From UNHR Council

Russia has criticised the United States for withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Coucil describing the action as a reflection of America’s approach to global affairs.

Ambassador Nikki Haley says the United States is withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling it “an organization that is not worthy of its name.”

Haley is President Donald Trump’s envoy to the United Nations. She says a year ago she made clear the U.S. would stay in the council only if “essential reforms were achieved.” She says it’s clear those call for change were not heeded. Haley is decrying the membership of countries like China, Cuba and Venezuela that are themselves accused of rights violations.

She says the council also has a “chronic bias against Israel.” But Haley says that if the council does reform, the United States “would be happy to rejoin.” Haley.

Meanwhile, Russia says that the U.S. exit from the Council reflects Washington’s unilateralist approach to global affairs.

Russia’s U.N. mission responded in a statement that the U.S. had tried but failed to turn the Council into an “obedient instrument for advancing their interests and punishing the countries it dislikes.” It added that the U.S. criticism of the council for failing to make changes advocated by Washington appears “cynical.”

The Russian mission described the council as a “key international platform for cooperation in protecting human rights.”