April 23rd news from Geneva: The United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted a resolution on Monday that international organizations and certain nations establish a preventive system to regularly inspect specific countries and regions for abuse and torture of prisoners. This resolution has been adopted to prevent arbitrary torture and infringement on human rights and is sponsored by Costa Rica, with 29 votes in favour, 10 opposed and 14 abstentions. The opposing countries include China, Cuba, Japan, Libya, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malaysia, Nigeria, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and the Syrian Arab Republic. This resolution is supplemental to the 1984 United Nations Anti-Torture Treaty. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights recommended to the United Nations Economic and Social Council for adoption and recommended it to the United Nations General Assembly for adoption and opening for signatures and ratification.
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