The United States may pull out of the UN Human Rights Council if some conditions are not implemented.
According to some diplomats and activists, the US might pull out of the UN Human Right Council if new reforms are not ushered in and if what it considers as an “anti-Israel bias” is not dropped.
Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN on Friday mentioned that the government of the United States would consider if it would withdraw from the Council after a 3-weeks session in Geneva end this June.
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The UN Human Rights Council condemnatory outlook on Isreal has been an issue of contention with Isreal’s primary ally US.
Washington had withdrawn from the Council for three years under the presidency of George W. Bush until 2009 when it rejoined when Obama took leadership of the country.
US diplomat Haley in a written post over the weekend urged the council to “end its practice of wrongly singling out Israel for criticism.”
Many activists and Western allies have been alarmed by the likelihood of Washington’s withdrawal from the council.
Freedom House and the Jacob Blaustein amongst other eight groups had written to Haley in may citing that a pull out from the council might worsen the UN stance on Isreal “unfairly targeting Israel to an even greater degree.”
Also, the groups noted that during the time the boycotted US the Council it performance dwindled “both with respect to addressing the world’s worst violators and with respect to its anti-Israel bias.”
Since it set up in 2006, the 47-member body has had Isreal and Palestinian territory fixed on its agenda.
The United States always cast a vote against any Arab-led resolutions as Isreal’s main ally.
“When the council passes more than 70 resolutions against Israel, a country with a strong human rights record, and just seven resolutions against Iran, a country with an abysmal human rights record, you know something is seriously wrong,” wrote Haley.
John Fisher, Geneva Director of the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch, did not appear to fear an immediate withdrawal.