Rep. Joe Wilson Supports Decision to Withdraw from UNHRC

Jun 19, 2018
Press Release

Rep. Joe Wilson Supports Decision to Withdraw from UNHRC

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced that the United States will withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). 

The United Nations Human Rights Council consistently wastes U.S. tax dollars by targeting Israel, which is why earlier this year I introduced House Resolution 728 condemning this discriminatory behavior. Israel is America’s most valued ally in the region, and we must stand up for our friends when they are being treated unfairly. I am hopeful that this courageous decision by Ambassador Nikki Haley, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and President Donald Trump will send a clear message that America will not tolerate the improper targeting of Israel.” 

Between 2006 and 2014, the UNHRC spent a third of its special sessions on condemning Israel, while not dedicating a single session on China or Russia. Israel is also the only country in the world to receive a permanent agenda item at the UNHRC, #7.

Even the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his “disappointment” with the UN Human Rights Council singling out Israel, given the multitude of other human rights violations occurring around the world.