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UN Rights Investigator to Visit Burma Next Week

Posted August 16th, 2011 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations investigator says he will travel to Burma next week to evaluate progress on human rights since a nominally civilian government took office this year. Tomas Quintana told VOA’s Burmese service Tuesday that the details of his trip are not complete but that his main objective is to assess the human rights situation […]

UN Rights Investigator to Visit Burma Next Week

Posted August 16th, 2011 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations investigator says he will travel to Burma next week to evaluate progress on human rights since a nominally civilian government took office this year. Tomas Quintana told VOA’s Burmese service Tuesday that the details of his trip are not complete but that his main objective is to assess the human rights situation […]

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Belarus Condemned for Arresting Human Rights Defender

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Belarus is facing calls to release the country’s leading human rights activist, who has been arrested and charged with crimes punishable by seven years in prison. Authorities arrested Ales Belyatsky, founder of the human rights group Vyasna, late Thursday near his Minsk home on charges of tax evasion. In a statement, Vyasna denounced the case […]

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Belarus Arrests Leading Human Rights Activist

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Belarus have arrested the country’s leading human rights activist, amid mounting international criticism of the Minsk government’s continued clampdown on the opposition and civil society. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Friday condemned the arrest of Ales Belyatsky, calling it the “latest example of persecution.” Belarus police arrested Belyatsky, founder of […]

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UN Calls on Malawi to Investigate Riot Crackdown

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations human rights office has called on authorities in Malawi to investigate allegations of human rights violations by security forces during a crackdown on anti-government demonstrators last week. A spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said Friday that the office has been following “with great concern” the reports of human […]

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Mexico’s Supreme Court Says Soldiers Can Face Civil Trials

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 11:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexico’s supreme court said Tuesday that soldiers accused of human rights abuses may face civil trials instead of closed door military tribunals. The supreme court ruling follows an international tribunal recommendation. Some Mexican soldiers involved in the war on organized crime and the drug cartels have been accused various infractions including firing on civilians at […]

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Report: Philippine President Falling Short in Upholding Human Rights

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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U.S.-based Human Rights Watch is criticizing Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s human rights record as he concludes his first year in office. The group says killings and enforced disappearances have continued. It faults Mr. Aquino for failing to implement effective measures to investigate and prosecute members of the police and military who commit serious human rights […]

Cuba, Venezuela on US Blacklist of Human Trafficking Violators

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has listed Cuba and Venezuela as countries that have failed to meet minimum international standards in the fight against human trafficking. The State Department said in a new report released Monday that Cuba’s government is not making significant efforts to eliminate trafficking and has not implemented any known public awareness campaigns to […]

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US Ranks Burma, N. Korea, PNG, Micronesia Poor on Human Trafficking

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has ranked Burma, North Korea, Micronesia and Papua New Guinea with the poorest record for fighting human trafficking among Southeast Asian countries, while saying South Korea and Taiwan fully comply with human trafficking standards. In its annual report issued Monday, the State Department kept North Korea in the so-called Tier Three among […]

Five European Countries on Human Trafficking Watchlist

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States on Monday included five European countries on a human trafficking watchlist, saying they failed to step up efforts to fight prostitution and forced labor. Belarus, Estonia, Russia, Cyprus and Malta are on this year’s watchlist, which is included in the State Department’s 2011 annual report on trafficking in persons. The report says […]

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