Human Rights Set-Backs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) - The U.N's top human rights official is decrying violence in Russia against activists and journalists but says the
country has made some incremental moves toward reform.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says her four days of meetings with Russian officials, including President Dmitry Medvedev, show there is "some recognition at the top" that Russia's observance of human rights is seriously flawed.

Although she commends Medvedev for his public support of reforms, she says reform actions "have not advanced sufficiently to be considered a success."

At a news conference Thursday, Pillay cited the killing and harassment of journalists and rights activists as setbacks for
Russia. She said those problems are especially acute in Russia's
Caucasus region, where rights violations appear to be fueling an
Islamist insurgency.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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