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November 2, 2003 |
Activists gathered in Redondo Beach on Saturday for an Amnesty International conference concluded that they don't have to venture overseas to find human rights abuses. Instead, they said, there are plenty here at home. The group's annual western regional conference, which began Friday and ends today at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach hotel, discussed different faces of discrimination around the globe -- everything from violence against women and gays to the ravages of AIDS in Africa to U.S.
February 22, 2001 |
Israel's targeted killings of Palestinians suspected of attacks on Israelis are part of a "policy of state assassinations," human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday. The group demanded that Israel stop the practice and asked the United States to review its weapons sales to the Jewish state because of it.
March 8, 1990 |
For Amnesty International USA, Monday night's benefit premiere of "The Handmaid's Tale" in Century City was the ideal combination of the right-themed movie arriving at the right time. Wednesday the group celebrated International Women's Day with its focus on ending sexual inequality, and here was a film about women forced to be breeders in a not-too-far-in-the-future America controlled by militaristic fundamentalists.
April 13, 2003 |
China executed more people than any other country in 2002 -- about two-thirds of the known world total of 1,526 -- and many of those cases violated international law, the human rights group Amnesty International has reported. The group also said the United States was the only country that executed offenders who were under 18 when they committed their crimes. Three such offenders were executed in Texas last year. The United States executed 71 people last year, up from 66 in 2001, the report said.
July 9, 2003 |
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell has certified to Congress that the Colombian government and armed forces are meeting standards set by Congress for protecting human rights, freeing $31.6 million in aid for Colombia's security forces, the State Department said Tuesday The certification drew sharp criticism from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, which contended that Colombia fell short of the congressional standards. In a statement, State Department spokesman Philip T.
November 18, 2001 |
Seeking to draw attention to the treatment of women and children in Afghanistan, the White House assigned President Bush's weekly Saturday radio address to First Lady Laura Bush, who said the war on terrorism was "a fight for the rights and dignity of women."
June 11, 2005 |
The Republican House Judiciary Committee chairman walked off with the gavel Friday, leaving Democrats shouting into turned-off microphones at a raucous hearing on the Patriot Act. The hearing, with the two sides accusing each other of being irresponsible and undemocratic, came as President Bush was urging Congress to renew the sections of the post-Sept. 11 counter-terrorism law set to expire in September. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.
April 17, 2008
Re "Guantanamo closure not an easy prospect," April 14 Having just watched the better part of the "John Adams" series on HBO, and having a basic knowledge of the Constitution, it seems to me unlikely that our founding fathers would have stood behind the Bush administration's assumption that offshore detentions at Guantanamo can be justified without sufficient evidence to bring charges. At some point, our detention policies will become too much for the American public and judiciary to stomach.
January 30, 2004 |
The U.S. military on Thursday released its three youngest prisoners, boys thought to be between 13 and 15, from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The boys were returned to their home country, which the Pentagon did not identify. All three were captured in Afghanistan and brought to the military's prison for terrorist suspects in February 2003, said Lt. Col. Pamela Hart, a Guantanamo spokeswoman.
September 20, 2011 |
Georgia's pardons board rejected Tuesday a last-ditch plea for clemency from death row inmate Troy Davis despite high-profile support for his claim that he was wrongly convicted of killing a police officer in 1989. Davis is set to die on Wednesday for the killing of off-duty Savannah officer Mark MacPhail, who was slain while rushing to help a homeless man being attacked. It is the fourth time in four years his execution has been scheduled by Georgia officials. Steve Hayes, spokesman for the Board of Pardons and Paroles, said the panel decided to rejected Davis' request for clemency after hearing hours of testimony from his supporters and prosecutors.