Thursday, June 16, 2011

US names 14 nations with human rights lapses

Posted on Wednesday, 06.15.11

US names 14 nations with human rights lapses
The Associated Press

GENEVA -- The United States has named China, Iran, Libya, North Korea
and 10 other nations that it wants the U.N. to hold accountable for
alleged human rights violations.

The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Council said Wednesday "too
many governments repress dissent with impunity."

The U.S. list of alleged human rights offenders cited by Eileen
Chamberlain Donahoe also includes Bahrain, Belarus, Cuba, Myanmar, Sri
Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Zimbabwe.

Donahoe condemned the killing of an Iranian activist and criticized
Burma for holding 2,000 political prisoners and Belarus for sentencing
three opposition presidential candidates to prison.

She said the U.S. opposes China's "growing number of arrests and
detentions of lawyers, activists, bloggers, artists, religious
believers, and their families.""

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