UN Rights Chief Singles Out France, Greece

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The U.N.'s top human rights official has, in an usual move, singled out France and Greece as worrisome areas while raising concerns about suspected abuses in dozens of other nations, with Syria topping the list.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay's assessment of the world is important because it sets the tone for the work of the U.N.'s 47-nation Human Rights Council whose month-long session opened Monday.

Pillay told the Geneva-based council Monday that she is "worried by the recent forced closure of Roma camps in France" and "violent xenophobic attacks against migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in recent months, for example in Greece."

After Syria, Bahrain topped Pillay's list of trouble spots because of "harsh prison sentences" against 20 activists and opposition figures.

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