US attacked by opponents at UN human rights body

March 18, 2011 23:23


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GENEVA - The United States was attacked for its human rights record on Friday as opponents including Cuba and Iran slammed its failure to close Guantanamo Bay and its decision to maintain military trials for terror suspects.

The Obama administration, which two years ago joined the UN Human Rights Council shunned by the Bush White House, was in the dock at the Geneva forum, whose 47 member completed an examination of the US record begun last November.

Iran's delegation took the floor a day after the United States and other countries presented a draft resolution denouncing Tehran's record and calling for the re-establishment of a UN investigator on Iran for the first time in a decade. The text will be voted on next week and is expected to be adopted.

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