The decision to withdrawn the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council is counterproductive for U.S. security and foreign policy and will make it more difficult to advance human rights and aid victims of abuse.
We the undersigned are deeply disappointed with the Administration’s decision to withdraw the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council, the premier intergovernmental human rights body at the global level. This decision is counterproductive to American national security and foreign policy interests and will make it more difficult to advance human rights priorities and aid victims of abuse around the world.
In response to the Iranian government’s detention of Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer, on June 13, 2018, and the judiciary’s earlier announcement that citizens facing security-related charges may be defended only by government-approved lawyers, Freedom House issued a statement.
A rise in violent incidents initiated by radical groups targeting ethnic and religious minorities, feminists, LGBT people, and other communities should prompt an effective response by Ukraine's government.