Tuesday, 22 September 2009

AP: US criticizes rights abuses in Iran, Russia, China

GENEVA — The United States has sharply criticized Iran for its crackdown on opposition groups while gently chiding Russia and China for failing to protect human rights activists and minorities.

The U.S. says Iran's crackdown after presidential elections in June "harshly repressed its people's right to freedom of assembly and expression."

U.S. diplomat Douglas M. Griffiths says Washington wants a "full, transparent and independent investigation" by Russia of the killing of Chechen rights activist Natalya Estemirova.
Griffiths told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday that the U.S. also hopes China will "find a solution to legitimate grievances" of its Uighur minority, which caused riots in Xinjiang province in July.

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