UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, criticized human rights groups on Wednesday for thwarting Washington's attempts to reform the UN Human Rights Council based in the United States. Geneva and said they had contributed to the decision of the Trump administration to withdraw.
In a letter to at least 17 rights and aid groups, seen by Reuters, Haley rebuked them for urging countries not to support a resolution of the General Assembly drafted by the States United entitled "Improving the effectiveness of the Human Rights Council."
"It is unfortunate that your letter was intended to undermine our attempts to improve the Human Rights Council, you side with Russia and China, and with the United States, on a key human rights issue, "Haley wrote.
"You should know that your efforts to block negotiations and thwart the reform were a factor that contributed to the decision of the United States to withdraw from the council," he said in a letter that was received by groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. .
The United States withdrew on Tuesday from what Haley called a "hypocritical and selfish" Human Rights Council about what it called chronic prejudice against Israel and the lack of reforms. The United States was halfway through a three-year term in the 47-member body based in Geneva.
The director of U.N. of Human Rights Watch, Louis Charbonneau, said that the draft resolution of the United States General Assembly "could have failed and that the process could have been hijacked" by countries that seek to undermine the Human Rights Council.
"This suggestion that somehow human rights groups are undermining US attempts to improve the Human Rights Council is absurd," Charbonneau said. "The idea that human rights groups are aligned with Russia and China, countries that we criticize all the time, is absurd."
China, Britain and the European Union on Wednesday regretted Washington's decision to withdraw from the Human Rights Council as Western countries began looking for a replacement for the coveted seat.
Russia's mission to the UN in New York posted on Twitter on Tuesday night: "The US attempts to blame the entire world for the politicization of HRC's work are especially cynical. of the international community was clear: the United States found itself isolated on this issue. "
The withdrawal of Washington is the latest US rejection of the multilateral commitment after it withdrew from the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear agreement 2015. The United States has also renounced UNESCO's cultural agency, Unesco, on accusations of bias against Israel.
Information from Michelle Nichols; Edited by Tom Brown