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The US may withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council

  • The United States is considering an exit from the United Nation’s Human Rights Council, unless it gets its way on a few key pieces of reform, Reuters reported.
  • According to Reuters, the U.S. will make its intentions known on Tuesday via Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
  • The U.S. is said to be reviewing its place on the council over its stance on Israel, Reuters reported.
  •  Just this weekend Haley wrote a critical op-ed of the council for the Washington Post claiming it “whitewashes” brutality. In the op-ed Haley noted alleged abuses in Venezuela, “whose government shoots protesters in the street,” and in Cuba, “whose government imprisons thousands of political opponents.”
  • She went on to write that “of course” the United States supports human rights, but that this council acts as a “showcase for dictatorships that use their membership to whitewash brutality.” Read more (6/5/17)