Israel is expected to boycott the UN Human Rights Council next week despite the United States urging its ally to show up for an examination of its record, US human rights ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe said.
Israel's last review was in December 2008, when it attended. A boycott would be unprecedented and diplomats fear other countries might follow suit to avoid scrutiny of their human rights records. Israel suspended relations with the council last May because of what it called an inherent bias against it, and has informally requeted the session be postponed, a UN spokesman said. (Reuters)