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US boycotts UN rights council debate on Israel, Palestinians

AP  |  Geneva 

The State Department says the United States is boycotting a session at the UN Human Rights Council that focuses on and other Arab occupied territories, saying it is biased against

State Department spokesman Mark Toner in a statement took aim at a recurring agenda item at the council, which focuses on and the Palestinian territories, the only one of its kind to focus on a single country at every HRC session. It was taking place today.

Toner also said the United States would vote against every resolution that might be put forward under the agenda item.

Earlier, the UN's special rapporteur on rights in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel, Michael Lynk, decried how "illegal settlement enterprise has moved at an alarming pace" this year.

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First Published: Mon, March 20 2017. 20:58 IST