On Tuesday, June 20th, the United States announced its withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council.
The US announced its unilateral abandonment of international human rights law following more than a year of protests against US actions from the 47-nation institution. The US has complained that the UN body has an anti-Israeli bias and shields other abusers of human rights.
US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the announcement on Tuesday at the State Department building in Washington. The announcement follows US diplomats’ warning that the United States would withdraw at the June 18 meeting in Geneva.
Pompeo affirmed the Trump administration’s commitment to human rights, but the Secretary of State accused the nations of collusion to win elections ??? and said the anti-Israel bias is “well documented.”
“Ambassador Haley spent more than a year trying to reform the council,” Pompeo said, adding that she has a “fearless voice” in defending the Zionist entity.
The last of the US’ objections to the council is the alleged inclusion of so-called human rights violators, by which Washington is mainly targeting Venezuela’s presence in the organization.
Tension between the United States and the Human Rights Council also deteriorated sharply following criticism by UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein of the US policy of separating immigrant children from their families by US immigration authorities.
More than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents who illegally entered the United States, according to US officials. This policy does not apply to immigrant families who enter the established border posts and apply for political asylum.
On May 7, US Attorney Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump government would adopt a zero-tolerance policy toward those who attempt to illegally cross US borders, including by removing children from their parents when they are detained.
The policy resulted in protests across the US over the weekend, prompting even Republican congressmen to try to draft a law that would allow parents and children to remain together in case of detention.
The US’ official withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council is the climactic culmination of decades of conflict between Washington’s unipolar hegemony and international law. Washington’s exit is also part and parcel of the deepening crisis of Atlanticism triggered by Donald Trump’s attempts to reform US geopolitics.
Numerous commentators have also called the US’ complaints instances of glaring hypocrisy, as the US is notorious for its violations of international law and support for regimes that routinely violate UN-defined human rights.
This momentous move has also been forecasted by some as a prelude to a possible US withdrawal from the UN Security Council. Meanwhile, Russia and China have announced a joint effort to reform the UN and international law to prevent the very kinds of conflicts and destabilization which US unipolarity has provoked.