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Advocates Upset With Obama Indecision On UN human Rights Reviews

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Human rights advocates are expressing dismay
that the Obama administration is refusing to participate in United
Nations reviews of the human rights records of several major
countries.

U.S. diplomats in Geneva have remained silent in discussions at
the U.N. Human Rights Council. It's reviewing the records of 16
nations, including Cuba, Saudi Arabia and Russia. Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton is set to visit China and Indonesia
this weekend. The two Asian nations have checkered pasts on human
rights and are also part of the U.N. review.

Congressman Frank Wolf says he's shocked by the U.S. silence.
The Virginia Republican says the Obama administration pledged to
put human rights at the top of its agenda.

The State Department says the administration is still
considering how to deal with the council, which was shunned by the
U.S. when President George W. Bush was in office.

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