U.S. criticism stems from the fact that Israel is the only country that has a dedicated agenda item at council meetings, one defended in particular by the Arab bloc of countries. "They used those positions, not to advance human rights, but to shield themselves from criticism or to criticize others", she said during a June 2017 speech.
"For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias".
'Regrettably, it is now clear that our call for reform was not heeded, ' Haley said. As the US ambassador to the United Nations during the administration of President George W. Bush, he voted against the resolution creating the institution, rejecting the simple majority vote required to elect members and demanding exclusionary criteria to keep gross abusers of human rights off.
Haley, who is known for her unconditional support for Israel, has repeatedly clashed with council members who are critical of Israel for its violence and human rights violations against Palestinian civilians.
"Our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organisation that makes a mockery of human rights", she said.
But human rights groups voiced fresh complaints about the body in 2013, after China, Russia, Saudia Arabia, Algeria and Vietnam were elected members.
The US is expected to announce its withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council within hours.
Jamil Dakwar, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Human Rights Program, said Trump's "misguided policy of isolationism only harms American interests".
"We've made no secret of the fact that the United Kingdom wants to see reform of the Human Rights Council, but we are committed to working to strengthen the Council from within, " Johnson said.
Haley said Tuesday that the decision to withdraw will be revisited if the council undergoes a transformation - something activists say is even less likely now.
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He also said that the Council once had "a noble vision".
UN Secretary-General António Guterres, in a statement released through his spokesman, responded by saying he would have "much preferred" the USA to remain in the council.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also denounced it saying: "The Human Rights Council enables abuses by absolving wrongdoers through silence and falsely condemning those who have committed no offence. The UN's Human Rights architecture plays a very important role in the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide", the spokesman said in a brief statement.
"American leadership has fundamentally changed the work of the council, and for the better", said Peter Yeo, senior vice president of the foundation, which works to support the United Nations and to improve USA -U.N. relations.
UK Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson said the news was "regregttable". "Reform necessary, but United Kingdom is here to stay - @UNHumanRights crucial to holding states to account".
United Nations officials privately confirmed they were expecting the U.S. decision to quit the rights body.
Israel has been the subject of more council resolutions than any other country in the world by far, and it is the only country to have its rights record examined at every session of the council, which meets three times each year.
"This decision is counterproductive to American national security and foreign policy interests and will make it more hard to advance human rights priorities and aid victims of abuse around the world", they added.