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Country regretted the U.S. decision
to withdraw from the Human Rights Council

By AM Costa Rica staff

President Carlos Alvarado said he did not consider the United States decision to leave the U.N. Human Rights Council to be appropriate due to the need for atrocities against humanity to be resolved.

"Costa Rica is a defender of multilateralism as a way of handling relations in the globalized world. We believe that it should be from multilateralism, the forums, that these issues should be discussed and resolved, so we consider we regret that withdrawal," said the president.

"We believe, and that is the position of Costa Rica, that many of the situations that the world lives in today must be discussed in a multilateral space where different subjects are discussed and seen in both human rights and democracy scopes," he added.

Tuesday, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, announced that her country was withdrawing from the Human Rights Council, which she called a "nest of political motivations."

"We took this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain part of a hypocritical and self-centered organization that makes a mockery of human rights," Haley said.

The American diplomat no longer hid her nation’s differences with the council, saying the council has feelings biased against Israel, and criticized the presence of countries that the government considers should not have a seat on the council due to rampant civil rights violations in those countries. She cited, among others, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cuba as members with terrible human rights records.

The Human Rights Council was created in 2006 to replace an older human rights commission and is made up of 47 member countries chosen by absolute majority in the General Assembly of the United Nations.

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Nikki Haley called the council’s makeup 'hypocritical'.


In June 2017, Haley had already demanded a reform of the council, and this year Washington promoted a draft resolution that would have caused profound changes in that group.

Among the U.S. proposals is one that would allow countries accused of committing human rights violations to be excluded from membership by a simple majority in the assembly and not by a two-thirds vote.

Haley also demanded that the issue of human rights in Palestine not be included in the agenda in a systematic and constant manner. She said that the council had passed more resolutions condemning Israel that those naming all other nations.





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