U.N. summit derailed over human rights controversy

China’s delegation, shown here at the Dubai summit that ends Friday, cited the “security of the state” when objecting to human rights language.
(Credit: ITU)
A United Nations summit suddenly ran aground today after China, Algeria, and Iran objected to a U.S.-backed proposal that would include a mention of “human rights obligations” in a proposed telecommunications treaty.
Algeria’s delegate warned at the U.N. summit in Dubai that there were many other nations — calling them “silent member states” — that also opposed the human rights language and forced a temporary adjournment of the…

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