Annan: Rights council has important work

12/8/2011 | Christian Science Monitor, The

Some criticisms of the United Nations Human Rights Council are valid, writes former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, but overall the world benefits from a global approach to human rights. Annan writes that on many human rights issues the "regional bloc voting practices of the past are giving way to more considered discussion and collective action." Though authoritarian states are eligible for representation on the Human Rights Council, recent votes concerning Syria, Iran and Libya suggest that the council is reflecting slow, steady diplomatic progress on human rights.

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