WASHINGTON -- Nikki Haley announced Tuesday that the US is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council, citing anti-Israel bias.
Ambassador Haley said Tuesday afternoon that the United States is withdrawing from the council, saying it’s “an organization that is not worthy of its name.
While making the announcement, Haley said she made clear a year ago that the US would stay in the council only if “essential reforms were achieved.” She said it’s clear the calls for change weren’t heeded.
Haley also pointed out hypocrisy within the council, saying that countries such as China, Cuba and Venezuela are all accused of human rights violations, yet are members of the council.
Throughout the announcement, Haley said the council also has a “chronic bias against Israel.” She added that, if the council does reform, the U.S. would be happy to rejoin.
Haley made the announcement at the State Department alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.