The Trump administration is poised to announce its departure from the United Nations' main human-rights body in its latest withdrawal from an worldwide institution.
The US UN envoy Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are set make the announcement later on Tuesday. "In that situation, the US would be able to speak out on rights abuses, but not to vote", the AP observed.
While previous U.S. administrations have criticized Item 7, President Donald Trump's government has raised the prospect of quitting the council unless it is scrapped.
The United States could choose to stay on as a non-voting member, but that does not appear to be the direction the administration wishes to take.
A full pullout by the USA would leave the council without one of its traditional defenders of human rights. A US departure would deprive Israel of its chief defender at a forum where Israel's human rights record comes up for discussion at every single meeting, a standing "Item 7" on the agenda. It is a dramatic moment for a nation the world once looked to as the world's voice on human rights, the nation where the UN lives, the nation whose former First Lady in 1948 chaired the committee that drafted the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
After weeks of speculation, the United States will officially pull it's membership on the United Nations Human Rights Council Tuesday afternoon. The United States joined in 2009, during the Obama administration. In one, it was the first time no country stood by the U.S.
Washington has long accused the council of being biased against Israel. "But with USA leadership, the attention Israel brought has dropped significantly".
"There is no legitimate human rights reason for this agenda item to exist", Haley said at the time.
The Trump administration's irritation with the council makeup and its agenda has been telegraphed with drumbeat regularity by Haley.
United Nations U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley address a U.N. Security Council meeting on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Thursday Jan. 18, 2018 at U.N. headquarters.
"The United States is looking very carefully at this council and our participation in it", she told council members. She has also attempted to expel member countries where vast human rights violations have been proven.
Speaking to the Human Rights Council, Mr Johnson said that its dedicated agenda item on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories was "disproportionate and damaging to the cause of peace".