The United States is reportedly poised to withdraw from the United Nations’ Human Rights Council (HRC) on Tuesday.
Several reports from sources close to United States Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley have indicated the American diplomat will pull the U.S. out of the controversial Council on Tuesday, citing the group’s anti-Israel bias.
Two people familiar with the situation told Bloomberg that Haley and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plan to deliver a joint announcement at the State Department in Washington, D.C., at 5:00 p.m. [ET].
Haley has in the past rebuked the HRC, which was established in 2006, for its “relentless, pathological campaign” against the state of Israel.
In May, the council voted overwhelmingly — with only the U.S. and Australia opposing — to investigate Israel over the deaths during protests in Gaza, which have been led by the terrorist group Hamas.Alain Grozclaude/Getty Images
The Times of Israel reported Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said at the time that the HRC had become a “cheerleader for terrorists.”
“For our part, the United States will not sit quietly while this body, supposedly dedicated to human rights, continues to damage the cause of human rights,” she said at the time. “In the end, no speech and no structural reforms will save the members of the Human Rights Council from themselves.”
Reports about the United States’ impending withdrawal comes one day after United Kingdom Foreign Minister Boris Johnson joined Haley in condemning the HRC for its anti-Israel bias.
He described the group’s intense scrutinization of Israel as “disproportionate and damaging to the cause of peace.”