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United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to reporters after a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at U.N. headquarters. The United Nations and the Arab League on Thursday issued a joint statement in support of the establishment of a Palestinian state. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The US might be withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council


The United States is said to be mapping out its exit strategy from the United Nations Human Rights Council, according to a report from Reuters.

The exit is not imminent, but the U.S. is expected to warn the U.N. that unless certain reforms are put in place, it might choose to withdraw. One such reform, diplomatic sources told Reuters, includes scraping any "anti-Israel bias."

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said last week a decision would be made after a three-week council meeting comes to a close.

This wouldn't be the first break with a longstanding foreign policy under the Trump Administration -- the president withdrew from the Paris climate agreement just last week, drawing criticism from politicians and business leaders around the world. That said, as Reuters explains, the Human Rights Council's position on Israel has been an issue for the U.S. for some time. But the U.S. electing to exit the council will likely make waves.

Haley tweeted about meeting with the U.N. high commissioner to discuss steps forward.

In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Haley wrote: "When the council passes more than 70 resolutions against Israel, a country with a strong human rights record, and just seven resolutions against Iran, a country with an abysmal human rights record, you know something is seriously wrong."

Meanwhile, the director of Human Rights Watch told Reuters he could see why the council's record on Israel could merit a closer look.

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