U.N. expert decries near ‘tyranny’ in U.S. against minority voting rights

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By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) -A United Nations human rights expert said on Monday that electoral laws in some parts of the United States including Texas may undermine democracy by depriving millions of citizens who belong to minority groups of the equal right to vote. Fernand de Varennes, the U.N. special rapporteur on minority issues, speaking on the final day of a two-week visit to the United States, decried a Texas law that he said resulted in “gerrymandering” and dilution of voting rights of minorities in favour of white Americans. “There is in fact what could be described as an u…

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