U.S. Secretary of State Kerry attends Human Rights Council at UN in Geneva

Kerry rebukes U.N. Rights Council as 'obsessed' with Israel

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry attends Human Rights Council at UN in GenevaU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday of being obsessed by allegations of Israeli abuses and said the United States would defend Israel against efforts to isolate it. In a speech to the Council in Geneva, Kerry also exhorted the 47-member-state group to look into what he described as severe abuses in separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine as well as in Crimea, annexed by Russia from Ukraine last year. For decades the government has subjugated its citizens, starving and torturing and incarcerating them or worse.” Kerry offered a strong defense of Israel against what he called the council’s unbalanced focus on the country. “It must be said that the HRC’s obsession with Israel actually risks undermining the credibility of the entire organization,” Kerry said.

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