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HRW Urges Pakistani Judges to Halt Criticism Bans

Posted November 27th, 2012 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch is urging judges in Pakistan to stop using their power to try to prevent the media from airing criticism of the judiciary. The group says that, in the past few months, the high courts in Islamabad and Lahore have issued orders directing the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to ensure anti-judiciary […]

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ASEAN Human Rights Declaration Doesn’t Meet Int’l Norms: US

Posted November 21st, 2012 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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The United States is warning that the Association of SouthEast Asian Nations’ recently adopted human rights declaration does not meet international standards and could be misused by repressive governments in the region. Southeast Asian leaders on Sunday adopted the non-binding declaration with the aim of guaranteeing protections for the approximately 600 million people living in […]

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Russia Warns Against US Human Rights Bill

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia is warning the United States in connection with the possible adoption of a bill designed to punish Russian officials implicated in human rights abuses. The legislation, known as the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, would freeze American bank accounts and deny U.S. visas to corrupt officials and human rights violators. The Kremlin […]

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China Dissident Given 8 Years in Jail for Advocating Democracy

Posted November 1st, 2012 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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ATTN WEB DESK: PLEASE USE THIS VERSION China continued its latest crackdown on dissent Thursday by sentencing a man to eight years in prison for advocating constitutional democracy and criticizing the ruling Communist Party. The lawyer for 27-year-old Cao Haibo says his client was sentenced for “subversion of state power” at a secret court hearing […]

China Dissident Given 8 Years in Jail for Advocating Democracy

Posted November 1st, 2012 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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China continued its latest crackdown on dissent Thursday by sentencing a man to eight years in prison for advocating constitutional democracy and criticizing the ruling Communist Party. The lawyer for 27-year-old Cao Haibo says his client was sentenced for “subversion of state power” at a secret court hearing in the southwestern city of Kunming. He […]

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Two Vietnamese Musicians Jailed for ‘Anti-State Propaganda’

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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Two prominent Vietnamese musicians have been given prison sentences for spreading songs that are critical of the government. A court in Ho Chi Minh City sentenced Vo Minh Tri, known as Viet Khang, to four years and Tran Vu Anh Binh to six years in jail following a brief hearing Tuesday. A lawyer for the […]

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UN Envoy: No Improvement In Iran’s Human Rights Situation

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A United Nations human rights envoy says the Iranian government is responsible for egregious rights violations and remains a leading user of capital punishment. Ahmed Shaheed, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, told reporters, diplomats and rights activists in New York Monday that unfair trials, torture of prisoners, repression of journalists, persecution of […]

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Russian Lawmakers Slam US Human Rights Record

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian lawmakers have accused the United States of double standards on human rights, criticizing Washington’s failure to close Guantanamo Bay prison and a range of alleged ills plaguing U.S. society. The country’s lower house of parliament, or Duma, on Monday heard the Russian Foreign Ministry report that says racism, social inequalities, prison brutality, electoral irregularities […]

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Amnesty: Violent Forced Evictions Increasing in China

Posted October 11th, 2012 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says cases of violent forced evictions have risen dramatically in the last two years in China, as local authorities seek to pay off debts by seizing land and selling it to property developers. A report published Thursday said growing numbers of Chinese have been forced from their homes in both rural and urban […]

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Amnesty Reports Unlawful Detentions in Rwanda

Posted October 8th, 2012 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says it has documented cases of unlawful detention and allegations of torture by Rwanda’s military intelligence department, known as “J2”. The London-based rights group issued a report Monday with accounts of civilians who said they were detained for between 10 days and nine months without being able to speak to lawyers, doctors or […]

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