US President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton says Washington will cut funding for the United Nations human rights agency in Geneva, Switzerland, the latest blow against the UN by the Trump administration.
Bolton announced the move against the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights during an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday.
The office is headed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, who co-ordinates human rights activities throughout the UN system and supervises the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.
Bolton said US officials would calculate how much of the US annual budget goes to the human rights ffice and the Human Rights Council, and reduce its outlay by that amount.
The measure would make the UN agency lose one of its largest donors. The United States is the UN’s largest single funder, providing about 22 percent of its budget.
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