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US pullout from UNHRC shows disrespect for UN: Russia
June 22,2018   By:Xinhua
June 22,2018--  The US decision to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) demonstrates its disrespect for the international body, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.
"The United States once again dealt a powerful blow to its own human rights reputation and demonstrated disrespect not just to UNHRC, but to the United Nations as a whole and to the structures that are part of it," she said at a news briefing.
The United States announced its withdrawal from UNHRC on Tuesday. The US Permanent Representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, accused the UN human rights body of being "a protector of human rights abusers" and of bias against Israel.
The 47-member Geneva-based body has adopted a series of resolutions critical of Israel's behavior toward the Palestinians, the latest in March, which irritated Washington.
Zakharova accused the United States of double standard by refusing to acknowledge the existence of human rights problems at home, on one hand, and attempting to reshape the UNHRC to suit its own political interests, on the other.
The US attempt to impose by force an "extremely specific understanding of human rights" on other states is in itself a gross deviation from universal human values and civilized norms of behavior, she said.
Zakharova also said that Washington's current step, like its previously announced decision to abandon the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, confirmed that it is ready to "interact only with those multilateral mechanisms and only on those issues that meet the interests of Washington itself."
Russia hopes that the UNHRC will work effectively without the United States, she said.
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