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AFSC speaks out against U.S. withdrawal from U.N. Human Rights Council

AFSC speaks out against U.S. withdrawal from U.N. Human Rights Council

Published: June 20, 2018
United Nations General Assembly Hall

United Nations General Assembly Hall in the UN Headquarters, New York.

Photo: AFSC / Basil D Soufi

Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced that the U.S. was withdrawing from the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC). 

“By withdrawing from the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC), the U.S. is continuing to isolate itself internationally,” said Kerri Kennedy, AFSC's Associate General Secretary for International Programs. “Ambassador Nicki Haley cited the Council’s focus on Israel’s abuses of Palestinian’s human rights, and this move comes after the U.N. High Commissioner called out the ‘unconscionable’ policy of family separation at the U.S. border. In both these cases and by leaving the HRC, the U.S. is abandoning the cause of human rights. Instead, we should be working together with vital international bodies like the U.N. to support human rights for all at the U.S. border, in occupied Palestine, and around the world.”

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