America’s decision to pull out of the UN Human Rights Council was correct, holds Brett D. Schaefer of Fox News. The UN body has shown little desire to improve itself or to better protect human rights. Instead, it prioritizes the wrong issues. For instance, 29% of special sessions on human rights abuses focused on Israel while the crimes of countries like Syria, North Korea or Burma get less attention. Countries like China, Saudi Arabia and Russia have evaded condemnation because of their influence. The US has tried to reform the Human Rights Council, to make it better at its job, but was rebuffed every time. Leaving is the right option.
The US leaving the UN Human Rights Council removes a further brick from the international order that America has built and thrived from, suggests Michael Posner of Forbes. This reflects Donald Trump’s lackluster interest in defending human rights, compared to past presidents. While the council hasn’t managed to hold strong nations like Russia or China accountable for their transgressions, it forms a cornerstone in the fight to protect human rights. America’s role within it was valuable; it managed to uphold the values of freedom of speech when countries tried to undermine them. The US leaving is a highly regrettable mistake.