United Kingdom vows to vote against Palestine at UN Human Rights Council

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Britain has urged the UN Human Rights Council to reform its treatment of Israel, joining the United States in demanding an end to the body's alleged bias against the country. She says it's clear those calls for change were not heeded. It also wanted more strict guidelines for membership, as well as the ability to kick out countries with a record of human rights violations.

The move comes after Haley and the Trump administration said that the body was targeting Israel.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley plan to announce the withdrawal at the State Department, two sources told Bloomberg News.

United Nations officials privately confirmed they were expecting the USA decision to quit the rights body.

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US Ambassador the UN Nikki Haley has slammed the council for being "grossly biased against Israel" noting that it had adopted only three resolutions separately targeting North Korea, Iran and Syria.

The US only joined in 2009 under President Barack Obama.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein on Monday called on Washington to halt its child separation policy.

Leaving the council would would be the latest rejection by the U.S. of multilateral efforts, including the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal. In one, it was the first time no country stood by the U.S. If the reports are accurate, it would mark the first time one of the member nations, of which there are now 47, volunteered to disassociate.

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The Associated Press cited Trump administration officials who said the administration concluded "its efforts to promote reform on the council had failed and that withdrawal was the only step it could take to demonstrate its seriousness".

According to Stephen Miles, director of the progressive national security advocacy group Win Without War, the timing of the anticipated withdrawal doesn't seem to be a coincidence - and it underscores the administration's apparent indifference toward human rights issues. No other country has such a mandate leveled against it.

A key question will be where a US pullout would leave Israel if its biggest and most powerful defender abandons its voting rights or drops out of the council altogether.

The United States initially shunned the panel over President George W. Bush's concerns that so many human rights offenders could be seated through noncompetitive elections for members nominated by their regional colleagues. In that situation, the USA would be able to speak out on rights abuses, but not to vote.

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