At UN, US warns on human rights in Iran, Cuba, Norht Korea

Wednesday 19 April 2017 a week ago 36   New York   Print

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Report  Web desk : UNITED NATIONS: The United States on Tuesday singled out North Korea and Syria over human rights violations and warned at the United Nations that new conflicts could be triggered by abuses in Iran, Cuba and North Korea. US ambassador Nikki Haley made the case at the Security Council that more attention should be focused on rights abuses to prevent conflict, a view challenged by Russia, China and other countries at the UN body. "When a state begins to systematically violate human rights, it is a sign, it is a red flag, it s a blaring siren -- one of the clearest possible indicators that instability and violence may follow and spill across borders," said Haley. Turning to Syria, she recalled that the war, now in its seventh year, began with anti-government protests, and took a swipe at the council for being "reluctant to address" the crisis early on. In North Korea, "systematic human rights violations underwrite the country s nuclear and ballistic missile programs," she argued. (01)