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Thursday, April 28, 2005
  What more do you need to know about the UN than this.
International News Article | Reuters.com: "UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Zimbabwe was re-elected to the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Commission on Wednesday, prompting immediate protests from the United States and other nations.

Fifteen countries, including Zimbabwe, were chosen for the 53-member commission, the main U.N. rights body, to replace those whose three-year terms had expired.

The candidates, elected by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York, were nominated by regions and all but one ran unopposed. The United States was also re-elected.

William Brencick, the deputy U.S. representative to ECOSOC, told the council that Zimbabwe should never have been put forward by African nations because of its 'repressive controls on political assembly and the media' amid a climate 'where the opposition fears for its safety.'

'How can we expect the Government of Zimbabwe to support international human rights standards at the Commission on Human Rights when it has blatantly disregarded the rights of its own people?' Brencick asked.

Australia and Canada also raised objections."
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