Bush Disgraced as US Gets Kicked Out of Human Rights Commission
US thrown off UN human rights body
The United States has failed to be re-elected to a UN body which investigates human rights abuses throughout the world.
UN officials said that France, Australia and Sweden were elected to the three seats allocated to Western countries at the Geneva-based Human Rights Commission.
Joanna Weschler, the UN representative of Human Rights Watch, told Reuters news agency that many countries on the Economic and Social Council, whose members elect the commission, resented the poor US voting record on issues like land mines (USA fails to oppose them) and the availability of AIDS drugs (USA restricts availability).
The US has held a seat on the 53-nation commission since it was set up in 1947.
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