U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton recently announced that the United States plans to cut its funding of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which the U.S. withdrew from in June due to the body’s anti-Israel bias.
“We are going to de-fund the Human Rights Council,” Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the Associated Press.
As the UNHRC’s largest donor, the U.S. contributes 22 percent of the council’s budget. However, it does not contribute directly; instead, the funds are taken from the overall U.S. payment to the United Nations.
“We’ll calculate 22 percent of the Human Rights Council and the High Commissioner’s budget, and our remittances to the U.N. for this budget year will be less 22 percent of those costs, and we’ll say specifically that’s what we’re doing,” said Bolton. “We expect that impact to occur on the Human Rights Council.” Continue Reading…