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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Human Rights Council Under Seige

swissinfo reports:

The latest session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which ended this past week in Geneva, was marked by a series of attempts to weaken the body.
Diplomats and non-governmental organisations have expressed concern over efforts by some states, including Cuba, China and Brazil, to muzzle independent reporting.

An open letter was addressed to the Council on June 11 by 35 organisations including Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW). "We are witnessing an aggressive strategy against the Council's mandate, through personal attacks on the special rapporteurs," said Julie de Rivero, head of HRW in Geneva, explaining the gist of the letter.

link: NGOs and diplomats criticise efforts by some states to undermine UN Human Rights Council. - swissinfo


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