UN rights chief urges Council to begin country scrutiny

September 13, 2007 23:14

Member nations of the UN Human Rights Council must allow their records to be scrutinized as soon as possible to show the global watchdog can be taken seriously, a top rights official said Thursday. UN High Commissioner Louise Arbour said it was high time the 47-member council agreed the ground rules for a system of regular country reviews foreseen when the body was created more than a year ago. "We are acutely aware that the credibility of the United Nations human rights system hinges upon satisfactory implementation of the review," she said. Member states have been debating how to conduct these reviews since the council took over from the discredited UN Human Rights Commission in June 2006.

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