Key U.N. body overturns accreditation rejection of U.S.-based NGO

July 20, 2015 9:42 PM

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UNITED NATIONS A key United Nations body granted accreditation on Monday to civil society organization Freedom Now, overturning an earlier rejection of an application by the U.S.-based group that works to free prisoners of conscience worldwide.

Last month the 19-member U.N. Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations rejected Freedom Now's bid for consultative status at the world body. The 54-member Economic and Social Council, which oversees the NGO committee, overturned the decision.

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