Israel boycotts U.N. rights scrutiny session

GENEVA Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:01pm GMT

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GENEVA (Reuters) - Israel boycotted a United Nations human rights forum on Tuesday where it was due to have its record reviewed, setting a precedent feared by many Western and other states.

The current president of the Human Rights Council, Poland's ambassador Remigiusz Henczel, noted the absence of the Israeli delegation and ordered the meeting suspended briefly to decide how to proceed.

Israel, which would be expected to face criticism for its practices in the Palestinian territories, suspended relations with the council last May because of what it called an inherent bias against it.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay)

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