US defends UNHRC as Israeli condemnation mounts

The United States defended the record of the UN Human Rights Council on Friday, saying that the international organization had taken "robust action" against human rights abuses.
The US State Department statement came amid increased controversy over the Council after it established a fact-finding mission to probe the effects of settlements on Palestinian human rights. The move drew condemnation from Israeli political authorities, with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Friday announcing that he was considering withdrawing the Israeli ambassador to the UNHRC and severing ties with the body.
In a statement released by US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, the US said that the UNHRC had "helped spur action on a series of important human rights situations around the world, in part due to vigorous US engagement." The statement praised UNHRC action in Syria, Sri Lanka, Iran, North Korea, Burma, Libya and Yemen.
Nuland added that the US condemns the UNHRC's biased approach on Israel, which she said "continues to unnecessarily politicize the Council's human rights agenda."
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