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China Parliament Restricts Secret Detention of Criminal Suspects

Posted March 14th, 2012 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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China’s parliament has approved a revised criminal procedure law that aims to restrict police powers to secretly detain criminal suspects. The law, passed Wednesday on the final session of the 10-day National People’s Congress, codifies the already common practice of “disappearing” suspects into informal detention centers, where many have reported being tortured. Lawmakers scrapped an […]

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China Parliament Restricts Secret Detention of Criminal Suspects

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 10:45 pm (UTC-5)
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China’s parliament has approved changes to a criminal procedure law that aims to restrict police powers to secretly detain criminal suspects. The bill was passed Wednesday at the final session of the National People’s Congress. Lawmakers dropped earlier plans to legalize the detention of suspects in secret locations, following a public outcry over an increase […]

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China Drops Plan to Legalize Secret Detentions

Posted March 8th, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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China’s parliament has dropped controversial plans to legalize the detention of suspects in secret locations, following a public outcry over an increase in forced disappearances by police. The latest draft of China’s Criminal Procedure Law introduced Thursday at the National People’s Congress removed a clause that would allow police to secretly “disappear” criminal suspects deemed […]

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China Drops Plan to Legalize Secret Detentions

Posted March 8th, 2012 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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China’s parliament has dropped controversial plans to legalize the detention of suspects in secret locations, following a public outcry over an increase in forced disappearances by police. The latest draft of China’s Criminal Procedure Law introduced Thursday at the National People’s Congress removed a clause that would allow police to secretly “disappear” criminal suspects deemed […]

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UN Urges Afghanistan to Implement Law Eliminating Violence Against Women

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and U.N. Women on Wednesday urged the Afghan government to fully and promptly implement the law on Elimination of Violence Against Women . Georgette Gagnon, Director of Human Rights for UNAMA, said that “as long as women and girls in Afghanistan are subject to violence with impunity, little […]

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Sri Lankans Protest US Support of War Crimes Resolution

Posted February 27th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of people took to the streets of Sri Lanka’s capital Monday to protest U.S. support of a proposed United Nations resolution condemning alleged human rights violations during the country’s civil war. The U.N. Human Rights Council is taking up the measure during a month-long session, which opened Monday in Geneva, Switzerland. Sri Lankan Cabinet […]

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Rights Group Calls on Somali Fighters to Protect Children

Posted February 21st, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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An international human rights group says Somali militants and the country’s transitional government have “failed to protect” children from fighting between the two sides. New York-based Human Rights Watch says, in a Tuesday report, that the Islamist group al-Shabab has increasingly recruited children and targeted them for forced marriage and rape. It also says al-Shabab […]

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Amnesty International: Ugandan Minister Raids Gay Rights Workshop

Posted February 15th, 2012 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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An international human rights group says a Ugandan governmnent minister has raided a homosexual rights workshop, just days after a controversial new anti-homosexuality bill was re-introduced to parliament. Amnesty International says Uganda’s Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Simon Lokodo, broke up the meeting that was being held in a hotel in Entebbe on Tuesday. The […]

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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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Beijing Sets March Deadline for Microblog Users to Register Using Real Names

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese media reports say that Internet users in Beijing will no longer be able to post anonymous comments on microblogs as of mid-March. The official newspaper of China’s Communist Party, the People’s Daily, said Wednesday that all microblog users in the Chinese capital must register using their real names by March 16 or be banned […]

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