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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Calls for Full Investigation Into Estemirova Killing

GENEVA — Washington wants a "full, transparent and independent investigation" by Russia of the killing of Chechen rights activist Natalya Estemirova, a U.S. diplomat said Tuesday.

Speaking at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Douglas M. Griffiths also sharply criticized Iran for its crackdown on opposition groups and chided China for failing to protect human rights activists and minorities.

He said Iran's crackdown after presidential elections in June "harshly repressed its people's right to freedom of assembly and expression."

Griffiths added that the U.S. also hopes China will "find a solution to legitimate grievances" of its Uighur minority, which caused riots in Xinjiang province in July.