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US ready to quit UN rights council if no reform

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  1. Zibago

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    US ready to quit UN rights council if no reform

    By AFPPublished: March 16, 20172SHARES SHARE TWEETUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told rights groups that the United States will quit the UN Human Rights Council unless it undergoes “considerable reform,” according to a letter obtained by AFP on Wednesday.The United States was elected to the 47-member council, the UN’s main body for promoting and protecting human rights worldwide, for a three-year term ending in 2019.UN urges aid access to Yemen ports to avert looming famineIn a letter to eight rights groups, Tillerson said the US administration continues to “evaluate the effectiveness of the UN Human Rights Council” which is currently meeting in Geneva.“We may not share a common view on this, given the make-up of the membership,” he said. Council members include China and Cuba, which have been criticized by the United States for their rights record.“While it may be the only such organization devoted to human rights, the Human Rights Council requires considerable reform in order for us to continue to participate.”Tillerson said the United States would press on with its “strong, principled objection to the Human Rights Council’s biased agenda item against Israel.”President Donald Trump’s administration has vowed to defend Israel at the United Nations and rebuked the rights council for adopting resolutions that criticize Washington’s Mideast ally.The new US administration will seek to renew the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria and ensure that rapporteurs for North Korea, Iran and Myanmar continue their work, he said in the letter dated March 8.Tillerson did not give any indication of the deadline for a decision on the US seat at the council.Rights groups are urging the United States to be a voice for human rights worldwide at the UN body.The former US administration of Barack Obama played a key role in some of the council’s major successes such as ground-breaking inquiries of atrocities in Syria and North Korea.US ambassador to UN says Trump supports two-state solution“The United States is an integral part of the Human Rights Council,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric. “It’s important that every country participate in its work.”The letter was sent to the Jacob Blaustein Institute, the Better World Campaign, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, Freedom House, Freedom Now, Human Rights First, Human Rights Campaign and the United Nations Association of the United States of America. It was first reported by Foreign Policy magazine.
    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1356737/us-ready-quit-un-rights-council-no-reform/
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    After all every one has right to defend their interests
     
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    US should just legalize marijuana at the federal and then as a result get kicked out of UN.

    UN doesn't like marijuana.
     
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    If you dont do as i say then i dont wanna play.
     
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    One President doesn't side 100% with Israel the next one does. What are you going to do?

    I doubt many people are going to give Israel a thumbs up on their Human Rights record (even if their initial intentions were somehow determined to be "good")...whatever Trump may say.
     
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    The whole point of the human rights movement was that there would be limits to ruling regimes' rights to "defend their interests":

    Disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people....All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

     
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    ^^^

    Why do you think USA is a only country infected by this disease ? How about the countries which play double games?

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    Such as?

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    Such as you know on one hand CSF funds and on the other hand strategic depth, Stratergic assets.

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    Dissolve UN !
     
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    Doesnot side 100% on issue of illegal settelments?
    I see no reason why you should side with them on it

    US is willing to quit UN over it so they could arm twist world in accepting its wrong stance
     
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    Not quit the UN. Just quit the UN Human Rights Council.

    Plus I think Trump will probably scale back the extra funding the US gives to the UN above the required membership fees.
     
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    Will holding hostage an international organization to please an apartheid state serve you guys any purpose
     
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    No, that's why the US needs to quit the UN completely.