US Threatens to Exit Unless UN Human Rights Council Reforms - Tillerson

  • US Threatens to Exit Unless UN Human Rights Council Reforms - Tillerson

US Threatens to Exit Unless UN Human Rights Council Reforms - Tillerson

US withdrawal from the organization was not imminent, sources in the State Department told Foreign Policy, but the council would have to show a desire to change for the U.S.to stay on as a member.

President Trump's administration has told State to cut more than 50 percent of US funding to United Nations programs, according to reports on Monday.

In the letter, which is addressed to United Nations advocates and human rights group, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that the US is sceptical about its membership given the fact that other countries with a poor record of human rights are also members, including China, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

The Trump administration is reviewing membership in the UN Human Rights Council, and "considerable reform" within the organization would be necessary for the USA to remain, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"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", he wrote in a letter to nine nonprofit organizations this week, according to Foreign Policy.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is vowing that the US will leave the United Nations' Human Rights Council if the organization does not undertake "considerable reform".

Israel and its supporters have accused the Human Rights Council of disproportionately targeting the Jewish state with criticism while overlooking abuses by other countries.

Last month, Politico reported that the Trump administration was considering pulling out of the Human Rights Council.

In leaked recordings of a recent Likud faction meeting Netanyahu could be heard telling fellow party members that he suggested the diplomatic protest maneuver during his meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington in February.