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Mr. Diene, one of two dozen country-specific or thematic rapporteurs currently authorized by the Human Rights Council, will submit his report during to the council next year.

The Bush administration has had a cool relationship with the council, formed two years ago to replace the widely discredited U.N. Commission on Human Rights. The council was revamped in part to prevent the world’s worst human rights abusers from seeking seats as a way to shield themselves from criticism.

The reforms have not worked. Freedom House has rated nearly a third of the current council membership “not free.”

Pakistan, also rated “not free” by the human rights group, is one of six candidates vying for four Asian seats.