Foreign Minister Soini: US departure from UN Human Rights Council 'a setback'

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The European Union assured that it "remains steadfastly and reliably committed to the Human Rights Council", and said it would continue to try to fix the body's problems despite the United States withdrawal.

"It is bad news, it is bad news for this council, it is bad news I think for the United Nations".

According to the Washington Post, the United States could have stayed on the Council as a nonvoting observer.

Russian Federation says that the US exit from the United Nations' Human Rights Council reflects Washington's unilateralist approach to global affairs.

Twelve rights and aid groups, including Human Rights First, Save the Children and CARE, warned Pompeo the USA withdrawal would "make it more hard to advance human rights priorities and aid victims of abuse around the world". Currently, a two-thirds majority vote by the 193-member UN General Assembly is needed to suspend a member state.

"We should never lose sight of the fact that the Human Rights Council is the only intergovernmental body responding to human rights issues and situations worldwide, with the active participation of civil society", Suc said.

"The US decision to leave this prejudiced body is an unequivocal statement that enough is enough". "Rather than altering those practices, it is now threatening United States companies, workers and farmers who have done nothing wrong".

Clark says the United States, a proponent of reform, can't achieve it from the outside looking in.

Reuters reported last week that talks on reforming the council had failed to meet Washington's demands, suggesting the Trump administration would quit.

On Tuesday, US Ambassador to the United Nations in New York Nikki Haley privately told Guterres that the US planed to withdraw from the council. US leaves UN Human Rights Council US pulls out of UN Human Rights Council US plans to withdraw from UN Human Rights Council: report MORE announced the USA would withdraw from the council, saying that the global body was "not worthy of its name". "The world's most inhumane regimes continue to escape scrutiny, and the council continues politicizing and scapegoating of countries with positive human rights records in an attempt to distract from the abusers in their ranks".

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"And then, of course, there is the matter of the chronic bias against Israel", Haley said.

Well that's what happens, 68 resolutions condemning the Jewish state while just 67 against everyone else with Syria copping 20, North Korea nine, Iran six and Sudan three.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the U.S. move, branding the council "a biased, hostile, anti-Israel organization that has betrayed its mission of protecting human rights". "We believe that was a mistake, [just like] the United States approach to use its powerful resources exclusively to promote its own interests, although they can be used in the best interests", she said.

China's top anti-graft watchdog said on Wednesday that the US withdraw from the council "has put the American peoples' boastful image of being a defender of human rights on the verge of collapse", Reuters reported.

In Moscow, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova criticized what she described as Washington's "boorish cynicism in stubbornly refusing to recognize its own human rights problems while trying to tailor the council to its political interests".

"Even as it was being elected to membership in the Human Rights Council, mass graves continued to be discovered in the Congo", Haley said.

That means the council will be left without one of its traditional defenders of human rights.

"We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights", she said at a press conference announcing the move. "Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt all attempted to undermine our reform efforts this past year".

"When a so-called Human Rights Council can not bring itself to address the massive abuses in Venezuela and Iran, and it welcomes the Democratic Republic of Congo as a new member, the council ceases to be worthy of its name".