U.S. quits “hypocritical” U.N. human rights council

Jun 20, 2018, 6:51 AM EDT
U.S. envoy to U.N., Nikki Haley, called human rights council a "cesspool of political bias."
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The U.S. announced its withdrawal from the United Nations human rights council on Tuesday, accusing the body of selectively ignoring abuses in certain countries while specifically targeting others in an approach reeking of its political bias and hypocrisy.

U.S. envoy to the U.N. Nikki Haley called the human rights council a “cesspool of political bias,” which makes a “mockery of human rights,” reports the BBC.

The U.S., which has a history of troubled relationship with the U.N. human rights council, once again rejected “multilateralism” despite concerns that its exit would weaken the body’s function around the world.

The U.S. called out the council’s perpetual hostility towards Israel as it poured scorn on the body’s biased treatment of Venezuela, China, Cuba and Democratic Republic of Congo, writes Reuters.