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Asian critique of UN Human Rights Commission

23 March 2005

There's up-to-date information on the unrests in Nepal and Kyrgyzstan on the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) website. The ACHR weekly Review discusses human rights and the UN critically from an Asian perspective. Send them an email if you would like to receive it.

Here's a snippet from the article on Kyrgyzstan:

As the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights starts debates on Item 9 on country situations on 23 March 2005, the democratic protests in Kyrgyzstan is unlikely to find any echo at the Palais des Nations. The Commission on Human Rights has increasingly turned into a forum for self-defence by States with bad human rights record rather than an institution censuring gross human rights violations.

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