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  3/8/2013, Adar 26, 5773

UN Holds Minute of Silence Honoring Chavez

The Geneva-based human rights monitoring group U.N. Watch criticized the chief United Nations human rights body for holding a rare minute of silence Wednesday for late Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez.

The Cuban-led praise was "excessive, uncustomary, and disrespectful of its own experts' findings of gross and systematic human rights abuses committed by the Caracas government, and of testimony by Venezuelan victims whom UN Watch had brought before the Council," U.N Watch said in a statement.