Dutch foreign minister boycotts racism conference

April 19, 2009 12:25

The Dutch foreign minister says he is boycotting a UN anti-racism conference because some nations are using it as a platform to attack the West. The US has also said it would not attend the meeting scheduled to start Monday in Geneva. Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen said in a statement Sunday that some countries were planning to use the summit to put religion above human rights and rein in freedom of speech. He has called the proposed closing declaration "unacceptable."

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