The United States has announced its withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The decision was announced by Nikki Haley, US Ambassador, saying the body is a ''cesspool of political bias''. She said the US was leaving because its comitment does not allow it remain a part of ''a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.''
Haley, US' representative at the UN, said the country had given the human rights body "opportunity after opportunity" to make changes. She lambasted the council for "its chronic bias against Israel" and lamented the fact that its membership includes accused human rights abusers such as China, Cuba, Venezuela and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, appearing alongside Haley at the State Department, said there was no doubt that the council once had a "noble vision." But today we need to be honest," Pompeo said. "The Human Rights Council is a poor defender of human rights.