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Nobel Laureates Push Clinton on Burma Inquiry Panel

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 12:31 am (UTC-5)
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A group of female Nobel Peace Prize winners is urging U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to support a special commission to investigate human rights abuses in Burma. The five laureates, co-founders of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, sent a letter to Clinton earlier this week asking her to “publicly and unequivocally” back the creation of […]

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Burmese Government Establishes Human Rights Commission

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s state media say the government has established a national human rights commission. In a brief announcement Tuesday, the official New Light of Myanmar newspaper said the 15-member commission will be charged with promoting and safeguarding fundamental rights of citizens under the country’s 2008 constitution. The panel consists of diplomats, academics and former government officials, […]

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Burmese Government Establishes Rights Commission

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s state media say the government has established a national human rights commission. In a brief announcement Tuesday, the official New Light of Myanmar newspaper said the 15-member commission will be charged with promoting and safeguarding fundamental rights of citizens under the country’s 2008 constitution. The panel is made up of diplomats, academics and former […]

Burmese Government Establishes Human Rights Commission

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s state media say the government has established its first national human rights commission. In a brief announcement Tuesday, the official New Light of Myanmar newspaper said the 15-member commission will be charged with promoting and safeguarding fundamental rights of citizens under the country’s 2008 constitution. The panel is made up of diplomats, academics and […]

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Burmese Government Establishes First Human Rights Commission

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s state media say the government has established its first national human rights commission. In a brief announcement Tuesday, the official New Light of Myanmar newspaper said the 15-member commission will be charged with promoting and safeguarding fundamental rights of citizens under the country’s 2008 constitution. The panel is made up of diplomats, academics and […]

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Rights Groups Urge Nepal to Drop Plans for Civil War Amnesty

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Local and international rights groups are urging Nepal’s new prime minister to ensure that those who committed crimes during the country’s civil war be held accountable. In an open letter Friday to Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, the rights groups expressed concern about a recent political agreement to grant amnesty to those accused of human rights […]

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Rights Group: Pakistan Must End “Enforced Disappearances”

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A top human rights group has urged Pakistan’s government to end what it calls the practice of “enforced disappearances.” Amnesty International said the disappearances have increased “dramatically” since Pakistan joined the U.S.-led war on terror following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. The London-based group said Pakistani government forces have detained […]

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Rights Group: Venezuela Must Protect Activist

Posted August 29th, 2011 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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An international human rights group is urging the government of Venezuela to protect an activist who has called attention to alleged rights violations in the country’s prisons. Human Rights Watch said Monday the government should take steps to protect Humberto Prado, who has received multiple threats. The Costa Rica-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights ordered […]

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Rights Group Urges Bangladesh to Stop Unlawful Killings

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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An international human rights group is urging Bangladesh to stop its authorities from committing extrajudicial killings and other abuses that allegedly have continued despite government pledges to stop them. In a statement released Wednesday, Amnesty International said Bangladesh’s government must act now and take what it called “concrete steps” to protect people from the alleged […]

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UN Human Rights Envoy Visits Burma

Posted August 21st, 2011 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations human rights envoy Tomas Ojea Quintana arrived in Burma on Sunday for a five-day visit to assess the human rights situation in the country. Quintana is scheduled to meet with democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon on Wednesday. He last visited Burma 18 months ago, but was not allowed to see […]

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