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Activist Groups Urge Next US President to Focus on Rights

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Human rights groups say the next U.S. president faces several critical challenges in advancing human rights. Those challenges include preventing genocide and atrocities, protecting human rights at home and abroad, fair treatment of immigrants and refugees, and ending gender-based violence. The Freedom House, the Connect US Fund, Human Rights Watch and the Human Rights Working […]

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US Hearing Blasts Working Conditions in China

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Labor activists say worker’s rights and labor conditions in Chinese factories continue to deteriorate. The activists testified Tuesday before the Congressional Executive Commission on China, which was created to monitor human rights and the development of the rule of law in China. Co-chairman, Congressman Chris Smith blamed Chinese leaders for doing little to ensure worker’s […]

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Mother of Detained Vietnamese Blogger Dies in Rare Self-Immolation

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A Vietnamese rights group says the mother of a prominent jailed blogger has died after setting herself on fire in protest of her daughter’s detention. Self-immolation is a rare act of dissent in Vietnam, whose Communist leaders exercise tight control over society. The Vietnamese Redemptorist News network says the mother, Dang Thi Kim Lieng, set […]

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Burma Rejects Criticism of Response to Buddhist-Muslim Riots

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese officials have told a visiting U.N. human rights expert that security forces exercised “maximum restraint” in responding to deadly riots between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingyas in the country’s west last month. In a statement Monday, the Burmese foreign ministry said it “strongly rejects” accusations that authorities engaged in abuses and excessive force to end […]

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US: Chinese Political Reforms Have Lagged Behind Economic Advances

Posted July 25th, 2012 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials say Chinese political reforms have lagged behind the country’s economic advances. Representatives of the two nations met for an annual dialogue on human rights earlier this week. The head of the U.S. delegation, Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights Michael Posner, told reporters Wednesday that the overall human rights situation in China […]

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US: Chinese Political Reforms Lag Behind Economic Advances

Posted July 25th, 2012 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials say Chinese political reforms have lagged behind that country’s economic advances. Representatives of the two nations discussed human rights at an annual dialogue earlier this week. The head of the U.S. delegation to those talks, Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights Michael Posner, told reporters Wednesday that the overall human rights situation […]

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Rights Groups Call for US to Pressure China on Rights Abuses

Posted July 24th, 2012 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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Rights groups are calling for Washington to pressure China over its crackdown on dissent as U.S. and Chinese officials wrap up their two-day human rights dialogue Tuesday. The annual closed-door talks are being held in Washington, led by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner and Chen Xu, a senior official in China’s Ministry of […]

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US and China to Hold New Round of Human Rights Talks

Posted July 20th, 2012 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. and China say they will hold another round of human rights talks next week. The U.S. State Department and official Chinese media said Friday that the talks will be held in Washington on July 23 and 24. The U.S. side will be led by U.S. Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor […]

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Kenyan Hate Speech Case Tests Limits of Free Speech

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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The acting head of Kenya’s human rights commission says his agency is committed to protecting freedom of speech, as long as it does not come at the expense of other Kenyans. The comments of Samuel Tororei come as three Kenyan musicians await trial after being charged with hate speech for songs that authorities say intended […]

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Russia Vows Retaliation Over US Lawyer Death Bill

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Russia has threatened to hit back at the United States over a proposed U.S. Senate bill that would penalize Russian officials for human rights violations. The bill, approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, would ban travel visas and freeze the assets of anyone found to be a human rights abuser. But it […]

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