The head of the State Department believes that today’s events confirm Trump’s correctness, who decided to withdraw the United States from the UN human rights council.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized the results of elections of member countries of the UN human rights council, which were held during a meeting of the UN General Assembly. As a result of the elections, the HRC included countries whose authorities are deliberately violating their own citizens’ rights, including Russia, China, and Cuba. This is stated in a statement issued on Tuesday by the State Department.
Pompeo recalled that President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the UN human rights council in 2018 because of the body’s bias against Israel, and also called for a change in the membership rules that allow the Council to elect “the world’s worst human rights violators.”
“Before making this decision and after our withdrawal, the United States called on UN member states to take immediate steps to reform the Council before it becomes irreparable. Unfortunately, these calls went unheeded, and today the UN General Assembly again elected [to the Council] countries with terrible human rights records, including China, Russia, and Cuba,” Pompeo said.
According to the Secretary of State, today’s election of Russia, China, and Cuba to the HRC only confirms the US’s correctness to withdraw from the Council. The United States, Pompeo recalled, punishes human rights violators in China’s Xinjiang, Myanmar, Iran, and other countries.
“Our commitments are clearly set out in the UN Declaration… The United States is a force for good in the world, and it will always be so,” said Mike Pompeo.