US names 14 nations with human rights lapses

AP News
Posted: Jun 15, 2011 11:54 AM
US names 14 nations with human rights lapses

The United States has named China, Iran, Libya, North Korea and 10 other nations that it wants the U.N. to hold accountable for alleged human rights violations.

The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Council said Wednesday "too many governments repress dissent with impunity."

The U.S. list of alleged human rights offenders cited by Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe also includes Bahrain, Belarus, Cuba, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Zimbabwe.

Donahoe condemned the killing of an Iranian activist and criticized Burma for holding 2,000 political prisoners and Belarus for sentencing three opposition presidential candidates to prison.

She said the U.S. opposes China's "growing number of arrests and detentions of lawyers, activists, bloggers, artists, religious believers, and their families."