The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has criticized the human rights council over its handling of issues related to Israel and the Palestinian territories, which he said were "damaging to the cause of peace". She says a year ago she made clear the USA would stay in the council only if "essential reforms were achieved". It has also criticized the council for including in its membership governments that frequently abuse their citizens' human rights, such as China and Saudi Arabia. In other words, like much of the United Nations the Human Rights Council is a sick joke.
But Haley says that if the council does reform, the United States "would be happy to rejoin".
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S., June 7, 2018.
Haley had already threatened the exit, citing concerns that the council is biased against Israel. The Obama administration sought a seat only in 2009 in an effort to showcase how human rights were an important aspect of USA foreign policy.
Mr Johnson's address on Monday focused on the need for education of women and girls worldwide as a way to promote human rights.
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Meanwhile, border patrol agents are heard cracking jokes about the noise, saying, "Well, we have an orchestra here". Former president Jimmy Carter's wife Rosalynn said the policy was "disgraceful".
"I don't think [Tuesday's withdrawal] is linked to Prince Zeid's criticism of USA immigration policies", Gowan acknowledged, explaining that the high commissioner is technically separate from the council. "In the end, no speech and no structural reforms will save the members of the Human Rights Council from themselves".
The withdrawal comes as the Trump administration faces scrutiny over its "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration that's resulted in migrant families being separated at the U.S-Mexico border.
A key question will be where a US pullout would leave Israel if its biggest and most powerful defender abandons its voting rights or drops out of the council altogether.
The council was formed in 2006, with the goal of helping to ensure human rights were upheld worldwide. In that situation, the US would be able to speak out on rights abuses, but not to vote.
"The thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable", Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein said in Geneva.