Withdraw from UNHRC: Conservatives

June 21, 2018

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi says Australia should withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council after the US yesterday pulled out.

The Australian reports, announcing the withdrawal, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the council made “a mockery of human rights” by ­allowing ­authoritarian states such as China to join.

“Look at the council membership and you see an appalling disrespect for the most basic rights,” Ms Haley said, pointing to council members including China, Cuba, Venezuela and Democratic Republic of Congo.

“For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias.”

The Trump administration has previously threatened to pull out of the council because of “chronic anti-Israel bias” and the US boycotted the council for three years under George W. Bush.

Australia campaigned for two years to win a seat on the council, expiring at the end of 2020.

The Australian Jewish Association yesterday called on Australia to follow the US.

“This should be a simple case of doing what is right and we call on Australia to join with our major ally the US and take a stand on principle and also announce withdrawal from the UNHRC,” AJA president David Adler said.

The Conservatives’ South Australian lead senate candidate Rikki Lambert has told FIVEaa’s Jeremy Cordeaux the US withdrawal is a significant political move.

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