Updated at 16:11,02-12-2016

USA is concerned about human rights abuses in Belarus

The United States is concerned about human rights abuses in more than a dozen countries, including Afghanistan, Belarus, Burma, Cuba, and Sri Lanka, US diplomat Douglas Griffiths told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on September 22.

The United States remains "deeply concerned" about Iran's crackdown on opposition groups, while criticizing Russia and China for failing to protect rights activists and minorities, the Voice of America quoted Mr. Griffiths as saying.

Mr. Griffiths also voiced alarm about the killings of rights activists and journalists in Russia's North Caucasus, and called for a transparent probe into the unsolved murder of noted Chechen rights activist Natalya Estemirova.