USA envoy Nikki Haley berates human rights groups


First the Paris climate accord and then the Iran nuclear agreement; now the USA has quit the UN Human Rights Council.

"China will continue, working with all sides, to make its contribution to the healthy development of human rights around the world via constructive dialogue and cooperation", he added.

It also comes as the United States faces intense criticism for detaining children separated from their immigrant parents at the U.S. -Mexico border. "We applaud Ambassador Haley's move and urge other democracies should follow the United States lead and leave the UNHRC as well". "We've lost the captain on this team, of the battle for values", said Egeland.

"But the price of doing that is that the spotlight immediately swings back on us, and on our record, and in some areas, we have been deficient". "President [Barack] Obama made a foolish mistake by rejoining", Coleman pointed out. Last September, Trump slashed the cap on admitting refugees to 45,000, far fewer than the average of about 85,000 over the past decade. The US, whose term was to expire at the end of 2019, will now have to be replaced by another state from the West European and Others group.

The UN's Human Rights Council resumed work Wednesday after a U.S. pullout that one Western diplomat called a "Big Bang" for the Geneva body, as Russian Federation blasted the move by the Trump administration and key allies expressed disappointment.

Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, blamed campaigners for contributing to the pullout by playing a "deconstructive role".

The empty seats of the United States delegation before a session of 34th session of the Human Rights Council in 2017. Bolton said the idea to ditch the council altogether "had nothing to do with that".

Human rights groups branded as "ridiculous" suggestions that they were trying to undermine reform or work with Russian Federation.

"We did not see any progress" in the following year, Haley lamented, but the United States "would be happy to rejoin" if the council addressed those problems.

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"Against this background, attempts by the United States to blame the politicization of the work of the Council and the failure of its initiative by nearly the whole world, including its traditional allies, seem cynical", it said.

And will this further isolate the United States on the world stage?

Opposition to the decision from human rights advocates was swift. "The first loser here is human rights", Dr. Labonte says.

"I would say from the research we have done, we are not just in a post-rights world but a post-rules era", said Bennett. "The bombing of hospitals and aid convoys in both Yemen and Syria violates the letter and spirit of the law". Born of a recognition that the United Nations needed to move beyond the East-West divide that had hampered effective progress on human rights, states agreed in 2006 both to widen and deepen the agenda for cooperation.

Bennett cited Kenya, where the government has threatened to close Dadaab, one of the world's largest refugee settlements.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who has proved to be a diplomat with moral integrity, courageously condemned the council for its "chronic bias against Israel". Many people would accept that.

"In the larger scheme of things, this really is a way of standing by its ally, Israel, but also using the opportunity to try to exert its own vision of human rights - even though a number of worldwide human rights groups are roundly criticising the Trump administration for leaving the council".

Leaving the UNHRC is a rational and appropriate reaction to a body that has never wavered from its mission to single out and delegitimize the Jewish state, although there is a reasonable debate as to whether our continued presence hurt or helped reform the UNHRC. "This is the moment to defend multilateralism and universalism, not withdraw from it".