Russian Federation calls out USA ‘cynicism’ for rights council pullout

Russian Federation calls out USA ‘cynicism’ for rights council pullout

Russian Federation calls out USA ‘cynicism’ for rights council pullout

"The UN Human Rights Council has worked effectively without the U.S. in the past and we hope that it will continue to do so", she said.

She charged the USA with "stubbornly refusing to acknowledge the existence of serious human rights problems at home while at the same time trying to shape the council under its own interests".

The U.S has long-standing criticisms of the council.

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Among the US's failed initiatives was an attempt to prevent human rights abusers from gaining council membership, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haley said.

"China will continue to work with other parties and make contributions to the sound development of worldwide human rights through constructive dialogue and collaboration", he said. It added that the USA criticism of the council for failing to make changes advocated by Washington appears "cynical".

Elizabeth Wilde, deputy head of mission in Geneva for Australia, said her country "shares numerous U.S.'s concerns about the HRC", but will continue to support the council "despite its flaws".

"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.

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"It's something that reflects a widely held view in the United States", he said.

Still, she suggested the decision need not be permanent, adding that if the council did adopt reforms, "we would be happy to rejoin it".

"It is bad news for everyone who cares about human rights", Slovenian President Borut Pahor said on the UNHRC floor in Geneva on Wednesday.

"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. She said they tried to "block negotiations" and "thwart reform".

"The Human Rights Council enables abuses by absolving wrongdoers through silence and falsely condemning those that committed no offence", Pompeo said.

"Look at the council membership and you see an appalling disrespect for the most basic human rights".

"We will continue to strongly advocate for reform of the Human Rights Council". The United States was half-way through a three-year term on the Geneva-based 47-member body.

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