Under Trump, the USA has lost the moral high ground

China Says It Regrets US Quitting UN Human Rights Council

Bolton: US Withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council Was 'Decades in the Making'

Top American Jewish and pro-Israel groups have hailed Tuesday's announcement - made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley - that the USA was withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council.

Haley then spoke to the media, "I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from human rights commitments".

"Getting off the council is an assertion of American determination to stick by its constitution and not to recognize that there is some higher authority at the United Nations, whether it's the [Human Rights] Council or the High Commissioner for Human Rights, to judge our performance or to give us advice on how to implement the constitution", Bolton said on Thursday.

But envoys from Australia, the European Union, and China - a frequent target of United States criticism over Beijing's rights record - used a break in the council's regular work to express disappointment and regret.

Asked about criticism of China's human rights record from the U.S., Shuang said the U.S. overlooked facts and noted that China had made significant progress on human rights, Reuters reported.

Rep. Eliot Engel, the House Foreign Affairs top Democrat released a statement on Tuesday that showcases widespread condemnation of the organization throughout the American Senate.

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".

It was the first time in the council's history that a member state quit voluntarily (Libya was kicked out seven years ago). "We will not participate in Human Rights Council sessions going forward, including in the session now underway".

"This decision is counterproductive to American national security and foreign policy interests and will make it more hard to advance human rights priorities and aid victims of abuse around the world", the organizations said in a joint statement. It was the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an global institution. "The council has passed more country-specific resolutions against Israel than the rest of the world's nations combined".

North Korea's Kim visiting China on June 19-20 - state media
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un landed in Beijing today, where he will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping for a two-day visit. The other major USA exercises with South Korea - Key Resolve and Foal Eagle - took place earlier this spring.

Now the Trump administration has formally sent notification of its decision, the U.N. General Assembly will organize elections for a replacement to assume the USA term through 2019.

"By attacking and blaming NGOs for its own failure, the Trump administration is taking a page out of the book of some of the worst governments around the world", said Charbonneau.

Although the Trump administration has been outspoke on what they call the "bias" and "hypocrisy" of the council, especially in regards to Israel, the timing of the decision is interesting, as it comes only one day about the United Nations human rights chief called the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families "unconscionable". It was created in 2006 by the U.N. General Assembly.

"While we do not seek to impose the American system on anyone else, we do support the rights of all people to have freedoms bestowed on them by their creator. Given the state of #HumanRights in today's world, the USA should be stepping up, not stepping back".

The separation of immigrant families on the U.S. -Mexico border showed the hypocrisy of the United States and that it "cannot and should not" criticise other countries' rights record, it said. And the move is also unprecedented, because the U.S.is the first country to leave the council without being forced out.

The council has 47 members that are elected for three-year terms.

"When the Human Rights Council was first stood up back in 2006 the ambassador to the United Nations at the time was John Bolton, who persuaded then-President Bush not to join the body for the reasons that Haley today spelled out", said Al Jazeera's Jordan.

Many politicians echoed the Obama administration's reasons for joining the council when speaking out against the decision.

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