The U.S. withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council Tuesday, June 19, citing “chronic bias against Israel,” according to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley.
The U.S. has made repeated threats to leave the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council over the past year.
Haley’s Tuesday announcement followed strong criticism on Monday by the U.N.’s top human rights official, Zeid Ra’d Al Hussein, of the U.S. “zero tolerance” immigration policy. The enforcement of that policy has resulted in the separation to date, of nearly 2,300 children from their parents at the southern U.S. border; most seeking asylum and fleeing gang violence in their home countries. The number of children – some as young as a few months old – being removed each day from their parents continues to rise.
In his public statement to the council on Monday, Ra’ad Al Hussein said the U.S. policy being enforced on the southern border amounts to human rights violations. “The thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable.”
Haley slammed the Human Rights Council as “hypocritical and self-serving,” calling it “a cesspool of political bias.”
Former Republican National Chairman Michael Steele, speaking on MSNBC Tuesday morning, said, “I’m just exhausted. Every day we wake up, it’s another five-alarm fire.”