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Oct 29, 2013

Defiant Israel returns to U.N. rights forum

GENEVA (Reuters) – Israel appeared before the main United Nations human rights body on Tuesday, ending a 20-month boycott of the Geneva forum which it accuses of bias against the Jewish state.

Eviatar Manor, Israel’s ambassador in Geneva, led its delegation to the session, held as part of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s examination of U.N. member states every four years.

Oct 29, 2013

Polio outbreak in northeast Syria risks spreading, WHO says

GENEVA (Reuters) – A polio outbreak has been confirmed among young children in northeast Syria and risks spreading in the region, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

Twenty-two children in Deir al-Zor province became paralyzed this month with acute flaccid paralysis, symptoms that can be caused by other diseases, and WHO’s laboratory in Tunis has now isolated the wild polio virus in samples taken from 10 victims.

Oct 24, 2013

At least 22 people suspected of having polio in Syria – WHO

GENEVA, Oct 24 (Reuters) – At least 22 people are suspected
of having polio in Syria, the first outbreak of the crippling
viral disease in 14 years, the World Health Organisation (WHO)
said on Thursday.

Most of those stricken with acute flaccid paralysis, a
symptom of diseases including polio, in Deir al-Zor province are
children under the age of two, WHO spokesman Oliver Rosenbauer
said. More than 100,000 children under the age of five are
deemed at risk of polio in the eastern province.

Oct 24, 2013

Suspected polio outbreak in Syrian province spreads – WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) – At least 22 people are now suspected of having polio in Syria, where health officials are scrambling to respond to the first outbreak of the crippling viral disease in 14 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Most of those stricken with acute flaccid paralysis – a symptom of diseases including polio – in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor are children under the age of two, WHO spokesman Oliver Rosenbauer said.

Oct 23, 2013

Mexico urged to rein in security forces, trace missing people

GENEVA (Reuters) – Mexico must rein in its security forces to stop them committing grave crimes against civilians, members of the United Nations Human Rights Council said on Wednesday.

At a hearing in Geneva, European and some Latin American countries were the most vocal in their criticism, and in demanding that Mexico thoroughly investigate all disappearances, particularly of women and migrants.

Oct 22, 2013

Mexico calls on U.S. to widen spy probe after new allegations

GENEVA (Reuters) – Mexican Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade called on the United States on Tuesday to widen an investigation into spying to include allegations that a U.S. government agency hacked former President Felipe Calderon’s public email account.

Mexico scolded Washington on Sunday after a German magazine reported that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) hacked Calderon’s public email account while he was president.

Oct 22, 2013

West criticises, China defends human rights record at UN

GENEVA/BEIJING, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Western countries accused
China on Tuesday of arresting activists, curbing Internet use
and suppressing ethnic minorities, as the United Nations
formally reviewed its rights record for the first time since Xi
Jinping became president.

Hours before the United Nations Human Rights Council, which
reviews all U.N. members every four years, began its session in
Geneva, Tibetan activists scaled the building and unfurled a
banner reading: “China fails human rights in Tibet – U.N. stand
up for Tibet”.

Oct 22, 2013

China crackdown under scrutiny at U.N. rights review

GENEVA/BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s human rights record came under formal international scrutiny on Tuesday for the first time since Xi Jinping became president, with Western countries rebuking it for arresting dissidents and curtailing Internet use and Tibetan rights.

Hours before the United Nations Human Rights Council, which reviews all U.N. members every four years, began its session in Geneva, Tibetan activists scaled the building and unfurled a banner reading: “China fails human rights in Tibet – U.N. stand up for Tibet”.

Oct 21, 2013

S.Arabia under fire at UN over women’s, migrant worker rights

GENEVA, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s human rights
record came under fire at the United Nations on Monday with
critics accusing the kingdom of jailing activists without due
process and abusing the basic rights of Saudi women and foreign
workers.

At the U.N. Human Rights Council, Britain called for
abolition of the Saudi system of male guardianship for women,
already recommended when the watchdog last subjected the kingdom
to scrutiny in 2009.

Oct 21, 2013

Saudi Arabia under fire at U.N. over women’s, migrant workers rights

GENEVA (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s rights record came under fire at the United Nations on Monday, critics accusing the kingdom of jailing activists without due process and abusing the basic rights of Saudi women and foreign workers.

At the U.N. Human Rights Council, Britain called for abolition of the Saudi system of male guardianship for women and was joined by the United States in raising cases of forced labor imposed on migrant workers.