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Israel snubs UN human rights review

Published on Jan 29, 2013 11:22 PM

GENEVA (AFP) - Israel on Tuesday boycotted a special United Nations Human Rights Council review of its rights situation, becoming the first country ever to snub such a session.

"I see that the delegation of Israel is not in the room," council president Remigiusz Henczel told the delegates at the United Nations in Geneva.

The Jewish state is not a member of the council but like all 193 UN countries it is required to undergo Universal Periodic Reviews (UPR) of its human rights situation.

Its absence on Tuesday however came as no surprise.

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