U.S. to withdraw from UN human rights body

A spokesman for the Palestinian Authority said US efforts towards an Israeli Palestinian resolution are

U.S. to withdraw from UN human rights body

Last year, Haley warned the Geneva-based council that the US would withdraw if it did not end its systematic scrutiny of Israel and its alleged rights abuses against Palestinians.

Officials say Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will deliver the verdict on the U.N. Human Rights Council in a joint appearance at the State Department on Tuesday.

Since taking office, the administration has announced its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, the United Nations educational and cultural organization and the Iran nuclear deal.

The move comes as the Trump administration is under intense criticism from business groups, human rights organizations and lawmakers from both parties over its recently imposed decision to separate children from parents who enter the U.S. illegally.

On Monday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said his office would "continue its work on the database of business enterprises engaged in specific activities related to Israeli settlements". In addition to concerns about agenda items singling out Israel, the USA also wanted more stringent criteria for membership and the ability to kick countries that have egregious human rights records off the council.

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Earlier this month, the U.N. General Assembly approved a Palestinian-backed resolution blaming Israel for the violence in Gaza.

"The U.N. Human Rights Council has played an important role in such countries as North Korea, Syria, Myanmar and South Sudan, but all Trump seems to care about is defending Israel", said Human Rights Watch executive director Ken Roth. The decision came just after the assembly rejected the USA proposal to add an amendment to condemn attacks against Israel carried out by rulers of the Hamas terror group.

Bloomberg notes that a USA withdrawal from the 47-member council based in Geneva was expected. It has also criticized the council for including in its membership governments that frequently abuse their citizens' human rights, such as China and Saudi Arabia.

The United States has opted to stay out of the Human Rights Council before: the administration of President George W. Bush did so when the council was created in 2006. In a speech to the council previous year, Haley called out the body for what she said was its "relentless, pathological campaign" against Israel. In that situation, the USA would be able to speak out on rights abuses, but not to vote.

The council is scheduled to discuss Israel and the Palestinian territories on July 2, according to its agenda.

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