Statement on United States withdrawal from the Human Rights Council

We join the many voices that in the last hours have condemned the decision of the United States to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council.

This decision undermines the protection of human rights worldwide. It sets a dangerous precedent for countries that commit or allow human rights abuses and empowers countries that seek to undermine the UN human rights mechanisms.

It only represents the latest manifestation of the Trump administration’s disregard for human rights and multilateralism based on internationally agreed rules.

The move by the United States happens in a more global context that is increasingly hostile to international rule of law, human rights and to ensuring a safe space for those who defend them.