Nations defend U.N. rights council after US pullout

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The worldwide community warned that the USA withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council over its biased treatment of the Jewish state and immoral actions had strengthened abusive regimes.

A group of 12 organizations, including Save the Children, Freedom House and the United Nations Association - USA, published shortly after the US pullout said there were "legitimate concerns" about the council's shortcomings but that none of them warranted a US exit.

"China will continue, working with all sides, to make its contribution to the healthy development of human rights around the world via constructive dialogue and cooperation", he added.

There are 47 countries in the Human Rights Council, elected by the U.N.'s General Assembly with a specific number of seats allocated for each region of the globe.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday that the U.S. would no longer be a part of the global forum on human rights.

"Our US counterparts have shown boorish cynicism - they are reluctant to admit that they have human rights issues themselves but at the same time, they continue attempts to reshape the council to make it serve their needs, stressing that there was no place for persistent violators of human rights in the council", Zakharova pointed out.

The decision comes days after the United Nations criticized the Trump Administration for separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S./Mexico border in Texas.

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Diplomats have said the USA withdrawal could bolster Cuba, Russia, Egypt and Pakistan, which resist what they see as United Nations interference in sovereign issues.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the United States move, branding the council "a biased, hostile, anti-Israel organization that has betrayed its mission of protecting human rights". "Rather than altering those practices, it is now threatening United States companies, workers and farmers who have done nothing wrong".

Rights groups have criticized the Trump administration for not making human rights a priority in its foreign policy.

Haley says the organizations wrote a joint letter to members of the Human Rights Council urging them to oppose a US -sponsored resolution to reform it. She had been threatening the pull-out since previous year unless the council made changes advocated by the U.S.

"For years, the UNHRC has proven to be a biased, hostile, anti-Israel organization that has betrayed its mission of protecting human rights", Netanyahu tweeted.

They've failed to condemn the likes of Chechnya or even Zimbabwe, not current council members, so what's the point of this body which employs truckloads of functionaries in the ultra expensive capital of wealth, Geneva.

When the council was created in 2006, U.S. President George W. Bush's administration shunned the body. Item 7 on "Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories" has been part of the council's regular business nearly as long as it has existed. The U.S. joined the body only in 2009 under President Barack Obama.