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Turkey, Russia, Qatar deflect from human rights record, Iran’s VP invited to open UNHRC panel

Today, as heads of state and other high level dignitaries gathered in Geneva to open the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council, one dictatorship after another took the floor to cover up human rights abuses. “The government of Yemen attaches special importance to human rights,” claimed Yemen’s Prime Minister Maeen Abdul Maleek Saeed. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated that “none of the advanced democracies present in this very council would have been able to ensure better than Turkey the full respect of human rights.” The Deputy Foreign Minister…

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