Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Zim pulls out of UN Human RIghts group

THE Zimbabwean government is set to pull out from the United Nations Human Rights Council to avert a potentially embarrassing defeat ahead of voting for the 47-member organ next Tuesday, sources said Tuesday.

Zimbabwe was a member of UN Human Rights Commission which included countries currently facing international censure for human rights abuses. Other members of the Commission included Libya, Sudan, and Cuba.

The southern African country has so far not offered itself as a candidate for the newly created Human Rights Council.

Two other members on the old panel -- Cuba and Cameroon -- have put forward their names for next Tuesday’s election....

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