Rainforest Action Network Responds to Trump’s Withdrawal of U.S. from U.N. Human Rights Council

Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the United Nation Council on Human Rights comes just a day after the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, criticized the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy as “government-sanctioned child abuse.” The policy has resulted in the separation of nearly 2,000 children from their parents at the border.

The U.S. move to withdraw is a part of a broader Trump administration pattern of backing out of major international agreements and forums, notably the Paris climate accord.


Statement from Lindsey Allen, Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network

“Pulling out of the U.N. Human Rights Council cements this administration’s penchant for racially charged, deeply disturbing and morally reprehensible behavior. Cruelty to children is not a policy – it’s human rights abuse.”

“From pulling out of the Paris accord to withdrawing from the U.N. Human Rights Council, nearly every decision from Trump’s administration has prioritized shortsighted national interests over basic human rights and the future of our climate and our planet.”




Rainforest Action Network preserves forests, protects the climate and upholds human rights by challenging corporate power and systemic injustice through frontline partnerships and strategic campaigns.