US official: US opposes Syria for UN rights body (AP) – 991th Edition

19 04 2011

In this citizen journalism image made on a mobile phone and acquired by the AP, Syrian anti-government protesters hold Arabic banners that read: 'Syrian media from the taxes of the citizens', right, and 'If the price of freedom is a shroud, it is with me,' as they march during a demonstration in Banias, Syria, Sunday, April 17, 2011. Gunmen opened fire during a funeral for a slain anti-government protester Sunday, killing at least three people on a day when tens of thousands of people took to the streets nationwide as part of an uprising against the country's authoritarian regime, witnesses and activists said. (AP Photo)AP – The Obama administration will oppose Syria’s candidacy to the United Nations’ top human rights body, an official said Monday, calling the Arab country’s attempt to gain a seat in the organization “hypocritical” while it uses violence to try to silence protests against President Bashar Assad’s authoritarian regime.

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