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U.N. rights council opens with Darfur

The U.N. Human Rights Council focused on the genocide in Darfur at its opening 2007 session. The session was held Monday.The council replaced the U.N. Human Rights Commission last year, principally because the commission had demonstrated a pronounced anti-Israel bias and had included human rights violators on its board. The new council has continued the practices, spurring a decision by the United States not to run for a spot on it. Jewish groups have argued in favor of U.S. participation, saying structural changes make it easier for member nations to block such biases.

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