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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Prime violators hold seats on U.N. rights panel

Freedom House is a human rights organization that actually gets it.

The world's most repressive countries hold more than a quarter of the seats in the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Commission and their presence has subverted the panel's mandate, a respected watchdog group reported yesterday.
In its annual report on the world's biggest human-rights abusers, Freedom House lists 18 countries as the 'worst of the worst regimes' and notes that six of them -- China, Cuba, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Zimbabwe -- are members of the commission.