US quits UNHRC over ‘anti-Israel bias’

20 June 2018 07:05 am - 36     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The US has pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) calling its anti-Israel and a “cesspool of political bias,” the BBC reported.

US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley has said the "hypocritical and self-serving" body "makes a mockery of human rights."

Ms Haley last year accused the council of "chronic anti-Israel bias" and said the US was reviewing its membership.

Ms Haley announced the US's intention to quit the council at a joint news conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who called the council "a poor defender of human rights".

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, in a statement released through his spokesman, responded by saying he would have "much preferred" the US to remain in the council.

The UN human rights commissioner, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, called the US withdrawal "disappointing, if not really surprising, news". Israel, meanwhile, has praised the decision.

Formed in 2006, the Geneva-based council has been criticised for allowing countries with questionable human rights records to be members.


  Comments - 36

  • 5555 Wednesday, 20 June 2018 07:24 AM

    USA ,israel your times up the 2 major hypocritical countries

    Venus Wednesday, 20 June 2018 07:41 AM

    US will work through their slavish agents to punish whom they dislike.

    AJ Wednesday, 20 June 2018 07:51 AM

    Time for the UN to impose sanctions on Israel for human rights violations. (as it has done in the past for other countries)

    COWARDS Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:18 AM


    MAIN VIOLATOR OF HUMAN RIGHTS QUITS UNHRC Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:35 AM

    "Time for the UN to impose sanctions on Israel" - also on US - infact - US is quitting as they also have to answer for all their acts of violation of HUMAN RIGHTS.

    SL Wednesday, 20 June 2018 07:30 AM

    we should have done this one years back ,EU,Canada,US and officials including Jasmin Zuka were totally biased against us .There is a bitter truth that no one survive if the some one try to force SL for their benifits .(Indira Gandhi created LTTE and was killed by Sikh).Same will happen to others

    BS Wednesday, 20 June 2018 07:50 AM


    Saman Wednesday, 20 June 2018 02:28 PM

    not only Indira ,Even Rajive G

    Nish Wednesday, 20 June 2018 07:34 AM

    See the difference how developed countries think and we think? Now you should know the reason why we can't stand a strong, developed, sovereign nation. Our people were brainwashed into feeble followers by British.

    gamini Wednesday, 20 June 2018 09:01 AM

    to do that Nish you must learn to stand up on your own feet and be begging everyone for aid and loans for survival and commissions

    Dev Wednesday, 20 June 2018 07:35 AM

    Israel is a fighting country and fighting countries somehow can solve their problems. We were a fighting country only from 2005-2015 in our entire post independence history and it's not a coincidence that the war was ended exactly in that period.

    Lankan Wednesday, 20 June 2018 11:50 AM

    Of course they fight for their stolen land and fight to kill innocent people.

    Mahesh Wednesday, 20 June 2018 07:36 AM

    We have lot to learn from these self respecting countries. We go and sponsor resolutions that are against us when Israel can pressurize USA to quit from UNHRC in support of them.

    tudor Wednesday, 20 June 2018 09:02 AM

    Israel is a very powerful nation and we are non entities

    Jude Wednesday, 20 June 2018 07:43 AM

    Huh !! Americans withdrew from UNESCO recently!! Now Americans out of UNHRC!! It makes scense because Americans commit human rights violations and atrocities worldover!!! Its totally redundant to be member of UNHRC!!!??

    Jonas Wednesday, 20 June 2018 07:44 AM

    Under Trump US is losing friends everywhere. Now even India is with China and Russia.

    ravin Wednesday, 20 June 2018 07:53 AM

    Well said US you are "hypocritical and self-serving" body "makes a mockery of human rights." when rest of the world dose not agree what ever you guys say.

    Arnold Wednesday, 20 June 2018 07:54 AM

    I hope UN can work independently without being bullied by USA.

    Huna Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:07 AM

    The best thing that has happened to the world in recent times

    Gayan Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:19 AM

    Now we know its all politics. Nothing to do with seeking justice.

    THE "GREAT" LEADER Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:22 AM

    Why US first giving the lead ? - Isreal should have "reacted" first..

    Begin the Begiune Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:28 AM


    Siri de Alwis Wednesday, 20 June 2018 01:27 PM

    Best solution

    Sangaralingham Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:33 AM

    Pity. They the U SA should not expect every thing they do they say are valid. Part of the problem in Mid East may be due to their action not valid on human level

    Jude Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:37 AM

    One good thing came out from this move is, come September no more American Resolutions against SL @ UN or UNHRC !!! Now that's the Silver lining part!!

    Dr.Raghav Sharma Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:42 AM

    Get lost . US is the biggest bully in term of its actions.

    Chari Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:58 AM

    Well done Trump. What did UNHCR do against the LTTE when thousands of civilians were killed by them over 30 years.

    Ceylon Wednesday, 20 June 2018 11:50 AM

    Stupid decision.

    Gota Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:05 PM

    High time SL also follows US foot steps...

    Stan Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:55 PM

    America should give up its seats in the UNSC and UNGA.

    Rsa Wednesday, 20 June 2018 02:41 PM

    ‘Trump’ should now leave his position. Things will move well after that.

    truth hurts Wednesday, 20 June 2018 03:49 PM

    Palestine is Jewish land. All others must get out immediately.

    k.soysa Wednesday, 20 June 2018 04:12 PM

    The comments show how little people understand that Israel has the right to exist as a nation.

    sach Wednesday, 20 June 2018 07:59 PM

    Well done Trump! US should pull out from UN and dissolve this politically motivated UNHRC. Instead we should have a proper unbiased human rights commission which is not a tool of the west.

    Sincere Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:38 PM

    Because it is UnNecessary!

    tomsam Thursday, 21 June 2018 09:10 AM

    GROBR!!!North Korea will do a better job ;or Eelam Tamil representatives.

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