Human Rights chief decries "tide of racism" in European politics

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The rise of racist and anti-immigrant feelings amongst elected politicians in Europe was one of the concerns expressed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as she spoke to delegates at the UN in Geneva today.

Addressing the Human Rights Council on the opening day of its 26th session, Navi Pillay also talked of the  continuing violence in Syria, which she said is a "tragic failure for the cause of human rights."

She spoke against the use of the death penalty in the United States and Iran and called for countries where so-called honour killings take place to take action.

Nicki Chadwick reports.

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