Reaction: US withdrawal from UN human rights council

20 June 2018 - 12:00pm
Press release

Responding to the US withdrawal from the UN human rights council today, War on Want's senior campaigner on militarism and security Ryvka Barnard, said:

"Within hours of the world hearing the recorded cries of migrant children torn from their parents and caged on its border, the US has announced its withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). The move highlights the US government’s ongoing legacy of violating human rights and disdain for multilateral approaches to international law. The US lends material support to Israel for its human rights abuses and violent repression. Its withdrawal from the HRC is a blatant attempt to bully it into dropping its commitment to investigate Israel's violations of Palestinian human rights.

The UK government is now perilously close to sharing the US position. The UK shamefully abstained last month when the HRC voted to investigate violations of international human rights law in the Gaza Strip. The UK is teetering on the crossroads with a clear choice: it can follow the Trump administration down a slippery slope and turn its back on the international community, or it can renew positive engagement in multilateral forums like the UN HRC and reaffirm its commitment to stand up for human rights." 

Press Contacts

 

Marienna Pope-Weidemann, Press & Communications Officer, War on Want

media@waronwant.org 020 7324 5060 / 07983 550 728

Ryvka Barnard, Senior Campaigner, Militarism & Security 

rbarnard@waronwant.org
 

Notes to editors

 

US withdraws from UN human righs council: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/us-un-human-rights-council-leaves-trump-withdraw-nikki-haley-a8407151.html

Recording captures cries of children seperated from parents at US border: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/18/us-border-families-separated-audio-recording

UK Mission to Geneva statement: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/human-rights-council-special-session-28th

UN experts express concern that Israeli officials have expressed that they will conduct investigations to avoid international scrutiny: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22950

Gaza: UN to launch war crimes investigation into Israeli forces' shooting of protesters The Independent, 18 May 2018​

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