The United Nations Human Rights Commission has condemned rights abuses in Burma and North Korea, as well as Israel's expansion of Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories.
The 53-country commission voted Thursday on a series of resolutions presented by various UN member states. It adopted a resolution condemning "systematic" violations of human rights in North Korea by 30 votes to nine.
The commission passed a separate resolution using similar wording to condemn violations in Burma -- by consensus and without a vote.
Also, the panel approved a resolution condemning Israel's settlement policy by 39 votes to two -- with the United States and Australia voting against the measure.
The commission also voted to renew the mandate of a special investigator into human rights abuses in Cuba. The vote on the U.S.-sponsored resolution was 21 in favor to 17 against.
Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.