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UN Human Rights Commission rejects special session on Iraq

[JURIST] According to a Reuters report Thursday, the UN Commission on Human Rights [official website] has rejected a call by eight countries, including Russia and Syria, for a special sitting of the Commission to consider "the human rights and humanitarian situation in Iraq as a consequence of the war". Australia, Canada the EU and others opposed the proposal, noting that the UN Security Council was already addressing the issue.

UPDATE [11:41 AM ET]: A summary of the debate on the proposal is now available from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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