China, Rus­sia win seats on top U.N. hu­man rights body

The Washington Times Daily - - World -

China, Rus­sia, Saudi Ara­bia and Viet­nam won seats on the Hu­man Rights Coun­cil, the U.N.’s high­est rights watch­dog body, up­set­ting in­de­pen­dent hu­man rights groups.

The Gen­eral As­sem­bly on Tues­day elected 14 mem­bers to the 47-seat coun­cil, which can spot­light rights abuses by adopt­ing res­o­lu­tions. Also cho­sen to three-year terms were Bri­tain, France, the Mal­dives, Mace­do­nia, Cuba, Mex­ico, Al­ge­ria, Morocco, Namibia and South Africa.

Hu­man Rights Watch said China, Rus­sia, Saudi Ara­bia, Viet­nam and Al­ge­ria have re­fused to let U.N. investigators visit to check al­leged abuses.

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