Russian Foreign Ministry comments on US exit from US Human Rights Council

From the EU to China world blasts US withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council

"While we agree with the USA on the need for reform, our support for this Human Rights Council remains steadfast, and we will continue to advance the cause of reform from within its ranks", Britain's ambassador Julian Braithwaite said.

UNHRC president Vojislav Suc told the UNHRC in Geneva that the UN General Assembly would now hold an election in the western group for a replacement member.

"Look at the council membership, and you see an appalling disrespect for the most basic rights", said Haley, citing Venezuela, China, Cuba and Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a letter sent to non-governmental organisations, Haley complained that they had played a "deconstructive" role by refusing to support U.S. efforts to take Israel off the council's agenda.

Mr. Bolton said the decision to withdraw also addresses us sovereignty.

The US has long shielded its ally Israel at the United Nations.

Clark says the United States, a proponent of reform, can't achieve it from the outside looking in.

"The Human Rights Council without the USA will be weaker, but endeavors of the United States in protecting and promoting human rights throughout the world will be weaker as well", Pahor said.

"You should know that your efforts to block negotiations and thwart reform were a contributing factor in the United States decision to withdraw from the council", said Haley in the letter seen by AFP.

"China apparently has no intention of changing its unfair practices related to the acquisition of American intellectual property and technology", Trump said in a statement Monday announcing the new action.

The move could reinforce the perception that the Trump administration is seeking to advance Israel's agenda on the world stage, just as it prepares to unveil its long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan despite Palestinian outrage over the embassy relocation. "Such a council, in fact, damages the cause of human rights", Haley said.

"We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights", she said at a press conference announcing the move. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said it was regrettable and that the council was the "best tool the global community has to address impunity". Its resolutions are not legally binding but carry moral authority.

Israel is the only country recorded as a dedicated agenda item.

When the council was created in 2006, U.S. President George W. Bush's administration shunned the body.

"We have lost a member who has been at the forefront of liberty for generations".

The council last month voted to probe killings in Gaza and accused Israel of using excessive force.

"China advocates and commits itself to safeguarding multilateralism, and supports the UN Human Rights Council and other mechanisms to work together for the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide, Geng said".

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