Friday, October 1, 2010

UN creates investigator on freedom of assembly

UN creates investigator on freedom of assembly

GENEVA — The United Nations has created a special investigator to
examine the right to freedom of assembly around the world.

The U.S.-backed resolution passed without a vote in the U.N. Human
Rights Council, though some countries including China and Cuba distanced
themselves from the decision.

Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, the U.S. ambassador at the 47-nation
council, told reporters after Thursday's vote that the post was "exactly
the type of issue" for which Washington joined the Geneva-based last year.

The council will appoint an expert to fill the unpaid post at a later date.

The mandate for a similar investigator examining human rights abuses in
Sudan is due to be renewed on Friday but faces opposition from some Arab
and Asian members of the council.

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