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US withdraws from UN Human Rights Council

Tuesday - 19/06/2018 22:24
Nikki Haley calls organisation 'hypocritical and self-serving'
United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley gives a speech during a Security Council meeting ( Getty )
United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley gives a speech during a Security Council meeting ( Getty )

The United States is set to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council, with the US ambassador to the UN calling the organisation a "protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias".

Ambassador Nikki Haley said the withdrawal was not a retreat from the US's commitment to human rights, but called the 47-member, international council “an organisation that is not worthy of its name".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called the decision "regrettable" but said the UK was "here to stay".

The US has long called for the body to reform, saying it allows members that have been accused human rights violations. Ms Haley pointed to the involvement of countries like China, Cuba and Venezuela in her speech on Tuesday.

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