The Trump administration may soon back Israel on its claim of UN bias and pull out of the organization’s Human Rights Council,as it regards the Council as being inherently anti-Israel, the main reason for the consideration of pulling out of the international body.
JPost Not to mention that some of the world’s worst abusers of human rights, Iran and Saudi Arabia, have been appointed to head the Council.
In private conversations, Secretary Tillerson has expressed doubts about the effectiveness of the Council. State Department spokesman Mark Toner did not confirm whether the issue was being considered and would only say that “our delegation will be fully involved in the work of the HRC session which starts Monday.
Since its creation in 2006, the UN Human Rights Council has been persistently criticized by the US for its biased treatment of Israel, which has been condemned more than any other country, including persistent human rights abusers such as Iran and Syria.
Under former US president George W. Bush, the US initially refused to seek a seat on the 47-member body and then withdrew from it altogether in 2008. Former US president Barack Obama reversed that position upon entering office, believing that the UNHRC could best be changed from within.
During the Obama administration the US held two consecutive terms on the council, from 2009 to 2015. It is now serving a three-year membership term that began in 2016. The US has often been the sole country to vote against resolutions condemning Israel.