Monday, March 20, the U.S. state Department spokesman mark Toner said that the us will boycott discussion of human rights in the Palestinian authority in the Council on the UN human rights Council (HRC).
According to Toner, this decision is connected with a biased attitude toward Israel.
«The United States firmly and unequivocally opposed to the existence question number seven on the agenda of the Council on human rights UN – «the situation of human rights in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories»,» – said in a statement, Toner. «Expressing its deep conviction that it is necessary to deal with such bias is that the Council sold its legitimate purpose, the United States decided not to attend the session debate of the Council on the issue of the agenda, number seven,» said Toner.
The state Department spokesman said the United States will vote against any resolutions that may be made in the scope of this discussion.
About a month ago the American edition of Politico wrote that the administration of Donald trump is considering withdrawal from the HRC because of doubts about the effectiveness of that body in connection with the attacks of the Council on Israel. In Washington believe that the HRC was biased against the Jewish state and sometimes ignores obvious violations in other countries. In the publication it was noted that the Board from January 2017 includes countries such as China and Saudi Arabia, where violated the rights of millions of citizens. This topic was discussed at the highest level.
In February, the HRC commented on the decision of the Israeli military court in the case of a soldier Elora Azariah, accused of manslaughter wounded terrorist and sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment, expressing concern about «too soft sentence handed down in the case of extrajudicial reprisals against the wounded Palestinian».
The Israeli defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman is extremely sharply reacted to the comment of the HRC. On his page on the social network Facebook, he wrote: «once Again it was shown that the distorted scale of morality of the Council for human rights, one bullet fired by Azarias in a terrorist, is more serious crime than the millions of bullets fired at innocent people in Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen. Again and again we become convinced that the Council on human rights is actually the Council’s hatred of Israel».
The UN Council on human rights. Quick reference
The HRC was created in 2006 on the basis of the Commission on human rights, which was often criticized for bias. The Council is responsible «for promoting universal respect for and protection of all human rights around the globe and for addressing situations related to violation of human rights and preparation of appropriate recommendations».
The Council consists of 47 member States, each of which is elected by a majority vote of the members of the UN General Assembly by direct secret ballot.
The largest representation in the HRC devoted to Africa and the Asia-Pacific region – 13 seats, Latin American and Caribbean States delegate to the Council of eight countries, Western Europe – seven, the Eastern European six.
In October last year, she was elected 14 Council members to three-year terms that began January 1, 2017. To the Council from the African group were Rwanda, Tunisia, Egypt and South Africa; from Asia Pacific countries – China, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Japan, from Latin American countries as Brazil and Cuba. From the group of Western European and other countries in the HRC had been elected, the UK and the USA.
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