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Russia concerned by US departure from UN Human Rights Council

Russia concerned by US departure from UN Human Rights Council

Russia’s TASS News Agency reported that the Russian President and the United Nations Secretary General discussed the American withdrawal from the the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday.

Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov gave an overview in a meeting with reporters:

“[They] discussed mostly pressing international issues. The situation with the US’ withdrawal from the Council and other topical issues were brought up,” the Kremlin spokesman said. When asked whether the Ukraine-related issue of detainees was discussed, he answered in the negative.

On June 20, Putin held talks with Guterres, during which he called the UN a universal platform for resolving crises, adding that the organization’s Charter is the basis for modern international law.

On Wednesday, the US informed the UN Human Rights Council about its decision to quit it. Over the past few months, Washington has criticized the Council on numerous occasions accusing it, in particular, of bias against the US and Israel. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said in 2017 that the Human Rights Council should not include states where human rights violations are regular.

The move by the UN Ambassador is viewed with concern by many members of the international community.

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary General, said in a statement on June 20 that Guterres “would have much preferred for the United States to remain in the Human Rights Council.”

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called Washington’s decision erroneous. “We hope that this decision is not final and the United States will reaffirm its commitment to the United Nations, particularly in an important area such as human rights,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed

Foreign Minister Lavrov further stated, as reported in a parallel piece on TASS:

“We hope that this decision is not final and the United States would reaffirm its commitment to the United Nations, particularly in an important area such as human rights,” the Russian top diplomat stressed.

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“As you know, the United States considers itself to be a champion in this field. But if it were so, Washington would have arguments that would allow it to continue working within the Human Rights Council, particularly with those who promotes initiatives and stances quite contrary to those of the US,” Lavrov noted.

All this precipitated from the June 19th announcement made by the US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

She told reporters that Washington was withdrawing from the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council.

Over the past several months, Washington has repeatedly criticized the council, particularly accusing it of having a biased attitude towards Israel.

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This is one time I think Lavrov is being more hopeful than realistic. America is one of the greatest abusesr and deniers of human rights. I take their withdrawl from the Human rights council being a rare moment of honesty as their hypocracy reaches its limit. They were never committed to the cause. They never had a socialist bone in their body and it shows.

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in a few years the US will be looked on as what it is – a rogue state – and the world will go on without it playing any key part in the global affairs working for the good of humanity – and then hopefully this hegemonic horror show will settle down and get it politicians working for its people again instead of its oligarchs

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ryan_langemeyer

“US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said in 2017 that the Human Rights Council should not include states where human rights violations are regular.” She’s right! The US should not be on the Human Rights Council as they are guilty of said human rights violations. Thank you for pointing that out, Nikki.

Jack
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Jack

It is not Russians business what Americans are doing. Just see your own end do not be concern of other. Too much concern of not one’s own end on today’s international politics.

JNDillard
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JNDillard

“US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said in 2017 that the Human Rights Council should not include states where human rights violations are regular.” For once the judgment of Nikki Haley truly impresses me. She has excluded from the Human Rights Council the state which is the foremost state sponsor of terrorism and therefore human rights violator – her own.

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Ugh...

Trolling a blood soaked monster

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Good riddance. Why shed any tears when this shit disturber leaves.

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Bobs_Vendetta

Even as Nikki Haley said that, she championed the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on the Human Rights Council. And she continues to cover for Israel, no matter the extent of their war crimes. The fact is, human rights hasn’t been a priority for the U.S for many years. The U.S. is and has been a rogue state — a rogue superpower.

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