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Exclusive: US to take stance against environment rights proposal at Human Rights Council. The US is expected to call for a vote when the text is considered by the Human Rights Council around 9am on Tuesday, inviting fellow countries to abstain or vote against the environmental rights proposal, sources told Geneva Solutions. Two diplomatic sources with knowledge of the matter confirmed the information to Geneva Solutions. They both said they were bewildered by the US’s last-minute decision, especially after informal negotiations last week seemed to signal that the text would not face any opposition when it was its turn for consideration.

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