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UN Rights Chief Slams ‘Pernicious’ Security Council Veto Use

UN Rights Chief Slams  ‘Pernicious’ Security Council Veto Use

GENEVA — The outgoing U.N. human rights chief on Monday accused the veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council of being second only to criminals who kill and maim when it comes to responsibility for some of the world’s most egregious rights violations.
Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein delivered one of the strongest and clearest denunciations yet from a top U.N. official about certain uses of the Security Council veto, which gives extraordinary powers to the five countries that wield it: Britain, China, France, Russia and the U.S.
Speaking to the Human Rights Council, Zeid didn’t mention specific vetoes. But the comments were an unmistakable allusion to the war in Syria, over which Russia, a major backer of President Bashar Assad, and China have repeatedly used the veto to block efforts such as to hold war criminals to account or punish Assad’s government for alleged use of chemical weapons. (AP)