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The US has pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, UNHRC.

The body is “hypocritical and self-serving”, said Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the UN, at a news conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Ms Haley last year accused the council of “chronic anti-Israel bias” and said the US was reviewing its membership.

Formed in 2006, the council has been criticised for allowing countries with questionable human rights records to be members.

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UN officials have not yet commented on the US announcement.

The move comes amid intense criticism over the Trump administration’s policy of separating child migrants from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad has called the policy “unconscionable”.

Meanwhile the campaign group Human Rights Watch criticised President Trump‘s human rights policy as “one-dimensional”.

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“The UN Human Rights Council has played an important role in such countries as North Korea, Syria, Myanmar and South Sudan, but all Trump seems to care about is defending Israel,” said HRW executive director Kenneth Roth.