Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Statement on Planned U.S. Withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council

June 19, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee and the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, issued the following statement in light of reports that the Trump Administration plans to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday:

“The Administration’s decision to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council would be another isolationist maneuver in its foreign policy strategy that is weakening U.S. global leadership. It is inescapable that UNHRC has consistently and unfairly targeted Israel, which has allowed other human rights violations to avoid scrutiny. Yet, I have always believed it is better to stay at a negotiating table than to walk away. By leaving UNHRC, we will not improve its behavior, rather the U.S. will lose its ability to influence the foreign body’s agenda and retreat from its role as a world leader on human rights.”