USA on 'wrong side of history' with Human Rights Council withdrawal

Campaigners outside the US Embassy in London last year © Amnesty International

Following the announcement that the United States will leave the United Nations Human Rights Council, Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said:

“Once again President Trump is showing his complete disregard for the fundamental rights and freedoms the US claims to uphold.

“While the Human Rights Council is by no means perfect and its membership is frequently under scrutiny, it remains an important force for accountability and justice. 

“The US should urgently reverse this decision, which places it squarely on the wrong side of history. It is wilfully choosing to undermine the human rights of all people everywhere, and their struggles for justice.”
 

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