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US to Leave ‘Foolish, Unworthy’ UN Human Rights Council Over Anti-Israel Bias

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  1. BHarwana

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    The United States’ demands regarding reforming the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) have failed to be met, and as such Washington is reportedly ready to pull out over what it calls anti-Israel bias and the inclusion of alleged rights abusers.

    Diplomats told Reuters that it's merely a matter of time before the US exits the council, which will convene Monday for a three week convention that will last until July 6. One US source who spoke anonymously said that an announcement looks "imminent."

    Another US official in Geneva, where the UNHRC will meet June 18, said, "we are still moving ahead with our engagement for the coming session."

    US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has cast shade on the council since taking the job, while both the US State Department and US President Donald Trump himself found issue with it in 2017.

    On June 6, 2017, Haley went to Geneva to give the council a series of ultimatums. At the meeting, she said, "It's hard to accept that this council has never considered a resolution on Venezuela, and yet it adopted five biased resolutions in March against a single country: Israel. It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it is to have any credibility."

    Later in the day, she expanded on her grievances against the council at a speech she gave to the Graduate Institute of Geneva, noting that the UNHRC had, by then, passed "more than 70 resolutions targeting Israel" since its inception in 2006, but "just seven on Iran." The UNHRC has passed more resolutions against Israel than the rest of the world's countries combined, according to the Geneva-based UN Watch.

    "This relentless, pathological campaign against a country that actually has a strong human rights record makes a mockery not of Israel, but of the council itself."

    She also called on the body to do two things: "Act to keep the worst human rights abusers from obtaining seats on the council," and remove permanent Agenda Item 7, which requires that the council address the "human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories," regularly when it meets.

    Trump later echoed those demands in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 19, 2017, calling the inclusion of governments with "egregious human rights records" in the UNHRC a "massive source of embarrassment to the United Nations." He also singled out North Korea and Iran for their hostility to Israel.

    After the UNHRC, a body of 47 nations, adopted five resolutions condemning Israel on March 23, 2018, Haley warned "our patience is not limited," reminding the body that "The United States continues to evaluate our membership in the Human Rights Council."

    Those resolutions called on governments to stop selling weapons to Israel; for Palestinian self-rule according to Israel and the Palestinian territories' pre-1967 borders; for Israel to remove itself from the Golan Heights, which it has illegally occupied since the 1967 Six Day War; and for an end to Israeli settlements and human rights abuses against Palestinians.

    Haley called the council "foolish and unworthy of its name" for treating Israel "worse than North Korea, Iran and Syria."

    The US ambassador hasn't only struggled with the Human Rights Council, but also with the UN General Assembly and Security Council. On Wednesday, she failed to prevent the assembly from condemning Israel's use of deadly force against Palestinians demonstrating in the Great Return March after having vetoed a similar resolution in June. She fired back against the vote, saying that for some, "attacking Israel is their favorite political sport."

    More than 120 Palestinians have been killed and more than 13,000 injured, many by live ammunition, since the start of the protest on March 30, Sputnik News reported. Haley previously told the UN Security Council that Israel acted with "restraint" in the protests. One Israeli soldier was "slightly wounded" in the protests, according to an IDF spokesperson.

    The US has boycotted the UNHRC before, as former President George W Bush and his Ambassador to the UN John Bolton — now Trump's national security adviser — opposed it from its outset in 2006. The Bush administration refused to run in its first election and also declined to participate the following year.

    The main points of opposition then were the "focus on Israeli human rights violations while failing to address human rights abuses in other parts of the world," according to the US Congressional Research Service's 2009 "Issues for Congress" report on the UNHRC.

    However, former President Barack Obama began to work with the council after his election in 2008, believing it was better to work on human rights issues within the council than from the outside, according to a similar report from 2017.


    https://sputniknews.com/us/201806151065455377-US-Leave-UN-Human-Rights-Israel/
     
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    damn Nimrata! The prestige of the US has been rubbled. :disagree::disagree:
     
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    Its cringe worthy watching the U.S like this

    It will take years for the U.S to rebuild its reputation and prestige
     
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    Yes Saudi Human rights record stinks but that Saudi record is better than the USA record which is 1000% below of Saudi record. Start from Vietnam and Korean war and end it in Syria and Libya and Yemen and Iraq and Afghanistan and Chicago and the list will never end.
     
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    Everyone should leave UNHRC or scrap it and change its agenda, or constitution, or whatever it is which makes it to behave extremely biased. It's useless really.
     
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    So you are comparing wars with repression of your own citizens every single day?
    and what about Chicago? are you referring to their high crime rate? democrats leading that city, santuary city filled with illegals. Have you even lived there? or just hearsay?
     
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    I mentioned wars because of USA killing civilians come in Human rights violation with using Agent Orange in Korean war, Nepalm in Vietnam war, Land mines in Laso, Bombing civilian population in Afghanistan Iraq Libya Syria and Yemen. Don't you think these are Human rights violation?


    Now coming to domestic issues. What more insulting to a women? A: making her cover her head OR B: Garbing her by her pu***?

    From Chicago I mean the Black lives matter issue the Federal Govt of USA has given KKK and white supremacy a licence to kill on Chicago streets.

    This ethnic cleansing is Human Rights violation.

    Let me add prisoner torture few examples are water boarding and de-nailing are some of common practicing of USA
     
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    what is more insulting to a woman? try the following - yes covering her head is just one
    Not allowed to drive ( oh wait- we just fixed that from the stone ages)
    Needing a male chaperon to go anywhere and getting your *** beat because you dared to do so
    Needing four male witnesses to testify to a rape or she is guilty of adultery and can be put to death - real classy
    Her testimony in court is only half that of a man
    Needing a male's permission to travel overseas, get an education etc.etc.
    I am amazed that you are even trying to tell me that women have rights there and trying to defend that.

    As for Black Lives matter and their ilk, it is a known fact they were nothing more than thugs. It is very obvious you have neither lived here in the US for any length of time because your knowledge of what happens here is dismal.
    Just this one phrase "Federal Govt of USA has given KKK and white supremacy a licence to kill on Chicago streets" is a blatant display of ignorance. Have you heard of MS-13 and other drug gangs?

    Sorry man, you need to read.....
     
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    Yes and in USA where there is no need for wittiness in rape case the culprits walk free due to legal system.
    How my rapist walked free
    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/feb/06/how-my-rapist-walked-free

    LOL your statement say about Human rights in USA "Yes Black people are thugs kill em all, don't leave a single one alive Hail KKK Hail White Supremacy"
     
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    yes, I agree that was a travesty of justice. And quit putting words in my mouth about blacks, KKK, white supremacy etc. or whatever word you learned today. Those are your words not mine.
    The Black lives leader in Dallas admitted he was a felon, and the neighborhoods they burned down hurt their own community more than anyone else. But of course you would not know any of that.
    Actually this discussion with you is fairly pointless, except take a look at the huge carnage the Saudis are creating next door in Yemen. Do you even read a newspaper?
    Read this:
    https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefw...tarian_needs_overview_hno_2018_20171204_0.pdf
     
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    UN with the veto system and bullying that goes on is the most undemocratic institution on the planet designed to invade and asset strip poor countries
     
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    Pakistan can take the lead, right? :lol:
     
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    This hailey is a c**t
     
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    I hope the Saudis don't behead these guys
    https://www.dawn.com/news/1414355/saudis-to-hold-players-accountable-for-world-cup-drubbing
    Saudi Arabia's sports authorities threatened on Friday to hold members of the national football team “accountable” after their crushing defeat against hosts Russia in the opening match of the World Cup.

    Russia defied expectations as the lowest-ranked side in the tournament by thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 in front of an ecstatic home crowd in Moscow on Thursday.

    The match was attended by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who sat a couple of seats away from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    “The result was disappointing and unsatisfactory,” Adel Ezzat, president of the Saudi Football Federation, told Al-Arabiya television Friday.

    A “number of players” including goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Mayouf would be held accountable, he added.

    The team had been trained so they could rise to the occasion, Ezzat said.

    “The collapse was not because of fitness, but errors in passing the ball, technical errors,” he added.

    Alongside the goalkeeper, Ezzat named two other players — defender Omar Hosawi and striker Mohammed al-Sahlawi — without specifying what action would be taken.

    Saudi sports authority chief Turki al-Sheikh, who is leading the kingdom's multi-billion dollar push for global footballing influence, said he took “full responsibility” for the defeat.

    But he also lashed out at the players.

    “We did everything for them... we provided them the best coaching staff,” Sheikh said in a video posted on Twitter.

    “Let no-one tell me (Argentinian coach Juan Antonio) Pizzi is not a known coach. But these are our players. They did not do even five per cent of what was required of them. This is a reality that we should admit.”

    Regional Arab media also blasted the “Green Falcons” for their humiliating defeat.

    “Falcons brought down to earth”, read a headline in the English-language Arab News, a Saudi daily, quoting fans' dismay over the poor showing.

    “The bear eats the falcons”, said Kuwaiti newspaper al-Anba, while the Oman Daily called the defeat “the peak of disappointment” for Arab fans.

    Privately-owned Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm decried the “painful fall of Saudi Arabia”.

    This year is the first World Cup finals tournament Saudi Arabia has reached since 2006. Football's global governing body FIFA last week ranked the team 67th in the world, ahead of Russia in 70th.

    Head coach Pizzi took over the Saudi team in November last year after the football federation sacked Edgardo Bauza, a fellow Argentinian who had only been in charge for two months.