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Rights Group Says Afghans Displaced by War Lack Proper Housing, Food

Posted February 23rd, 2012 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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An international human rights group says fighting in Afghanistan has displaced half a million people who now lack access to adequate housing, food and schools. London-based Amnesty International said in a report released Thursday that the situation is a “horrific humanitarian and human rights crisis.” The report said the displaced are living in settlements that […]

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US to Exchange Ambassadors With Burma

Posted January 13th, 2012 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is calling Burma’s decision to release hundreds of political prisoners “a substantial step forward for democratic reform.” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described Friday’s prisoner release as the most significant to date because it included a number of key, prominent political figures who will be able to contribute to national reconciliation. […]

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US To Exchange Ambassadors With Burma

Posted January 13th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is calling Burma’s decision to release hundreds of political prisoners “a substantial step forward for democratic reform.” The Burmese government and democratic activists said 651 prisoners walked free on Friday as part of a mass amnesty that falls in line with demands made clear by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton […]

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Prominent Dissidents Freed from Burmese Jails in Wide-Ranging Amnesty

Posted January 13th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of Burmese political prisoners walked free Friday, part of a mass amnesty that could signal more political reforms are on the way. Officials and democratic activists said the 651 prisoners had been locked away under the rule of the country’s military junta. But Burma’s new military-backed government has been reaching out to the West […]

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Prominent Dissidents Freed from Burmese Jails in Wide-Ranging Amnesty

Posted January 13th, 2012 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Burma on Friday freed a number of prominent political prisoners, in what many say could be the country’s most significant prisoner release in decades. Journalists, religious leaders, and a former prime minister were among the anticipated 651 prisoners that began trickling out of prisons across Burma on Friday. Among those to be released was democracy […]

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Burma Begins Releasing Political Prisoners

Posted January 13th, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Burma has begun releasing some prominent political prisoners as part of a government amnesty program, in the latest move toward political reform by the country’s military-backed government. Burmese state media said that 651 detainees were being freed under a presidential pardon in order to take part in “nation-building.” Family members said prominent democracy activist Min […]

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Amnesty Calls for More Reform in Middle East

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International has urged governments in the Middle East to provide the kind of reforms their populations want, and it says governments elsewhere should be more supportive of those protesting and dying for freedom. In a report issued Monday, the London-based human rights group said violence and repression will continue in the Middle East and […]

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Amnesty: Protests, Repression to Continue in Middle East in 2012

Posted January 8th, 2012 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The international human rights group Amnesty International has warned of another year of protests and government repression in the Middle East and North Africa, if the region’s rulers do not ensure democratic and human rights for their people. In a report released in London Monday, the group described how governments across the region were willing […]

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Human Rights Group Pays Tribute to Late Czech Leader Vaclav Havel

Posted December 21st, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International has paid tribute to former Czezh leader Vaclav Havel who died Sunday of respiratory problems at 75. Amnesty said Wednesday that Mr. Havel was a human rights defender who left behind “an outstanding moral and intellectual legacy.” A senior Amnesty official said his work as an advocate for human rights, democracy, and freedom […]

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Human Rights Group Pays Tribute to Late Czech Leader

Posted December 21st, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A top human rights group has paid tribute to Vaclav Havel, the former Czech leader who died Sunday of respiratory problems at the age of 75. Amnesty International said Wednesday that Mr. Havel was a human rights defender who left behind “an outstanding moral and intellectual legacy.” A senior Amnesty official said Mr. Havel’s work […]

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