A Reuters report has stated that United States may withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council accusing other member nations of ‘chronic anti-Israel biasness’.
“Talks with the United States over how to reform the main U.N. rights body have failed to meet Washington’s demands, activists and diplomats say, suggesting that the Trump administration will quit the Geneva forum whose session opens on Monday”, Reuters says.
Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations has repeatedly brought up the issue in various meets. The council’s critical stance of Israel has long been a contentious issue for the US, Israel’s main ally. Item 7 on “Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories” has been part of the council’s regular business almost as long as it has existed.
Their decision would be largely symbolic; United States ends it current tenure in 2019. However, Israel would lose one of its largest supporter in the body if the US decides to quit and remove its voting rights.
The United Nations Human Rights Council is a United Nations body and was formed in 2006 to promote and protect human rights around the world. The UNHRC has 47 members, elected by the UN General Assembly for staggered three-year terms on a regional group basis. It will be the first time a member would have dropped out voluntarily since its inception, should the US pursue its intentions.