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UN Human Rights Council’s Israel focus risks undermining the body: John Kerry

Kerry said, "No one in this room can deny that there is an unbalanced focus on one democratic country."

John Kerry, united nations, UN kerry, UN Human Rights Council, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Israel, world news, indian express US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Geneva International airport, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Geneva. (AP photo)

US Secretary of State John Kerry accused the UN Human Rights Council on Monday of focusing disproportionately on allegations of abuses by Israel.

In a speech to the Council in Geneva, Kerry spoke of its “deeply concerning record on Israel” and added: “No one in this room can deny that there is an unbalanced focus on one democratic country.”

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“It must be said that the HRC’s obsession with Israel actually risks undermining the credibility of the entire organization,” he said in a speech.

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“No one should doubt for a second that the United States will measure these things, I hope, fairly and dispassionately but we will oppose any effort by any group or participant in the UN system to arbitrarily and regularly de-legitimise or isolate Israel,” he added.

First published on: 02-03-2015 at 17:39 IST
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