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Biden: Protecting Human Rights Best Way to Promote Stable China

Posted February 9th, 2012 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says more openness and protecting universal human rights is the best way to promote prosperity and stability in China. The White House says Biden stressed the Obama administration’s commitments to human rights during talks Wednesday with advocates of reform in China. Biden’s meeting came as he gets ready to host […]

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HRW Urges Support for Arab Democracies

Posted January 22nd, 2012 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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A human rights organization is urging Western powers to support the rights of Arab Spring protesters to build real democracies after ousting strongmen once backed by the West. In its World Report 2012, Human Rights Watch said Sunday that Western policy toward Arab countries traditionally has been “one of containment,” backing an array of Arab […]

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Human Rights Group Condemns Conditions Across Asia

Posted January 22nd, 2012 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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The group Human Rights Watch released its annual World Report Sunday, painting a bleak picture of conditions across much of Asia. HRW said Burma’s human rights situation remained dire last year, despite the transition to a military-backed civilian government. The report accuses Burma’s military of rape, torture and the killing of civilians in ethnic minority […]

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Russia Slams US for Human Rights Abuses

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s foreign ministry is accusing the United States of human rights violations both at home and abroad, in its first-ever report on the state of human rights in other countries. The report, released Wednesday, criticizes the U.S. for the continued operation of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and accuses the White House of […]

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World Marks Human Rights Day

Posted December 10th, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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World powers are marking Human Rights Day with calls for an end to repression across the globe. The annual event, which is taking place on Saturday, is based on the United Nations’ more than 60-year-old Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The document states all people are entitled to fundamental human rights and freedoms. It also […]

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Serbia Cracks Down on Human Trafficking

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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Serbian authorities have arrested 17 people suspected of trafficking hundreds of illegal immigrants from Africa and Asia to western Europe. Police officials say the arrests were made Tuesday in raids across the country. Separately, Serbian police stopped at least 12 illegal migrants as they tried to cross into Serbia from Macedonia. Customs officials say the […]

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UN Panel Cites Rights Abuses in Burma, Iran, North Korea

Posted November 21st, 2011 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A United Nations human rights committee has condemned rights abuses in Burma, Iran and North Korea. The committee said it still has concerns about what are called “systematic” human rights violations in Burma despite some moves toward reform there. It welcomed recent talks between Burma’s government and democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as well […]

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China Breaks Up Baby-Trafficking Ring

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese authorities say they broke up a human trafficking ring involving poor migrant couples, who were selling their babies through brokers. The state-run Global Times newspaper said Friday that police in eastern Shangdon province’s Zoucheng city found last month that 17 babies had been sold in the city. The article said police rescued 13 of […]

Austrian Court Finds 22 Greeks Guilty of Human Trafficking

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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An Austrian court has found 22 Greeks guilty of human trafficking for transporting 30 Afghan migrants into Austria on a tourist bus. Prosecutors in the Eisenstadt court said Tuesday the Greeks had been paid $140 each to travel as fake tourists on the bus into Austria, from Thessaloniki to Vienna. The prosecutors said the passengers […]

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EU Fears Human Trafficking Rise at Euro 2012, Olympics

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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European Union officials have expressed concern about a possible increase in human trafficking next year during the European football championships in Poland and Ukraine, and the Summer Olympic Games in London. EU anti-trafficking coordinator Myria Vassiliadou said Tuesday that sporting events are a “hub for criminal gangs.” She noted that similar large sporting events in […]

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