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Rights Group Alleges Violations by South Sudan Forces in Jonglei

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says South Sudanese security forces have committed “shocking” human rights violations, while carrying out a campaign to disarm civilians in Jonglei state. The group said in a report Wednesday the violations by members of the police and army include torture, shootings and sexual violence. The report is based on interviews with people in […]

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Rights Group Urges Burma to Drop Charges Against Peace Activists

Posted October 2nd, 2012 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch is urging Burma to drop charges against activists who led protests to mark the United Nations’ International Peace Day without government permission. The New York-based group said Tuesday that up to 13 activists face possible charges for organizing last month’s peaceful demonstrations, which called for an end to violence against ethnic minority […]

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US Slams ‘Harsh’ Sentence Against Cambodia Gov’t Critic

Posted October 2nd, 2012 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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The United States says it is “deeply concerned” at the conviction of a prominent Cambodian land rights campaigner who was sentenced to 20 years in prison on insurrection charges. In a statement Monday, the State Department characterized the sentence against Mam Sonando as “harsh” and called on the Cambodian government to immediately release the 71-year-old. […]

Cambodian Court Jails Activist

Posted October 1st, 2012 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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A court in Cambodia has sentenced a government critic and land-rights campaigner to 20 years in prison on charges of seeking to incite a rebellion against the state. The court in Phnom Penh delivered the verdict Monday against Mam Sonando, who heads the independent Beehive radio station. The court said Sonando incited villagers to take […]

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Vietnam Slammed for ‘Harsh’ Sentences Against Bloggers

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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Rights groups and world leaders are slamming Vietnam for prison sentences given to three prominent bloggers who wrote about human rights abuses and corruption in their country. Following a brief trial in Ho Chi Minh City Monday, the defendants received sentences ranging from four to 12 years for spreading “propaganda against the state.” U.S. State […]

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HRW Faults DRC Rebels

Posted September 10th, 2012 at 9:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch says a rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has committed widespread war crimes, including rapes, killings and torture, abduction and recruitment of children as soldiers. In a report issued Monday, the U.S.-based rights organization says the group March 23 Movement, known as M23, is committing a horrific trail of new […]

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Burma Releases 42 Child Soldiers, Vows to End Practice

Posted September 3rd, 2012 at 11:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The Burmese military has released 42 child soldiers from its ranks, as part of efforts to end the recruitment of underage fighters in the Southeast Asian country. The state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper says army officials handed the children over to their parents and guardians at a ceremony in Rangoon on Monday. The paper […]

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Report: Thousands of Chinese Forcibly Institutionalized

Posted August 22nd, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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A new report says thousands of Chinese each year are committed to mental institutions against their will, often for punishment or political purposes. The Chinese Human Rights Defenders group says those locked up for alleged mental illnesses are frequently subjected to forced medication, violence, and other mistreatment such as electrical shocks. It says many have […]

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Singapore Rejects US Criticism of Human Rights

Posted August 16th, 2012 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Singapore is hitting back at the United States for criticizing it for several alleged human rights abuses. In its annual global report on human rights, the State Department chastised Singapore’s Internal Security Act (ISA) for allowing the arrest and detention of suspected criminals without warrants. Singapore’s foreign ministry shot back Thursday in a statement saying […]

Bahrain Sentences Activist for Unauthorized Protests

Posted August 16th, 2012 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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A court in Bahrain has sentenced a prominent human rights activist to three years in prison for his role in unauthorized protests. A lawyer for Nabeel Rajab, who heads the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, said the sentence was based on convictions in three separate cases. The defense plans to appeal the ruling. Rajab is […]

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