Advocates Upset With Obama Indecision On UN human Rights Reviews
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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