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Wearing a leopard-print suit by Yves Saint Laurent, French movie star Catherine Deneuve gave Amnesty International USA a dose of glamour along with the premiere of her movie, "Indochine," Monday night. The woman knows all about her powers. When Deneuve was introduced, she sauntered from the rear of the the Royal Theatre to the screen like a newly crowned Miss America--er, Universe. When she got there, she didn't say much except that she hoped everyone would enjoy the movie.
February 27, 2005 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Peter Benenson, the British lawyer who founded the human rights organization Amnesty International with his stated goal "to condemn persecution regardless of where it occurs or what are the ideas suppressed," has died. He was 83. Benenson died Friday night at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England, of pneumonia, Amnesty International USA spokesperson Wende Gozan said Saturday. Benenson had been in ill health for several years.
August 23, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
More than 6,000 people have been slaughtered in Burundi since a Tutsi former army major seized power July 25, purportedly to end ethnic bloodshed in the Central African country, Amnesty International said Thursday. "We are disturbed that as many people have been massacred since the coup as were reported killed in the preceding three months," the London-based human rights group said.
February 15, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
Officials at two south Orange County high schools, Dana Hills and Capistrano Valley, have refused to allow students to form on-campus chapters of Amnesty International, the Nobel-prize-winning human rights organization, because it does not fit into the school curriculum.
January 3, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Amnesty International today accused Israel of encouraging security forces to kill Palestinians during outbreaks of unrest in the occupied territories. In a special report, the London-based human rights organization said guidelines on the use of firearms by Israel's army and paramilitary border police could permit unjustifiable killing and that investigation of abuses is inadequate.
July 14, 1991
Amnesty International's annual report on the status of human rights throughout the world once again makes for grim reading. Once again, it relates how scores of governments and ruling parties maintain power by routinely brutalizing, debasing and butchering their own citizens. This chronicle of organized cruelties and injustices is a reminder that in much of the world, torture, official murder and "disappearances" remain instruments of state policy.
August 10, 1989 | HERMAN WONG, Times Staff Writer
The photograph taken years earlier doesn't seem like much. It shows a young man, Yako Toko Chabi, looking relaxed, leaning against a wall of a house in Benin, a west African country once ruled by France. But to the Irvine chapter of Amnesty International, the human rights advocacy organization, this snapshot is no ordinary picture.
The use of torture is on the rise in China, with officials at all levels resorting to physical abuse as a means of extracting confessions, suppressing political dissent and even enforcing the country's "one child" policy, a human rights group has alleged.
July 11, 1990 | From Associated Press
Using torture, murder and mass arrests, governments trampled the human rights of tens of thousands of people in 1989 to suppress conflicts stemming from ethnic or nationalist tensions, Amnesty International said Tuesday. Despite democratic revolutions in Eastern Europe, reform in South Africa and signs of change in some black African countries, the group's annual world survey of human rights painted a grim picture in a report to be released today.
September 30, 1987 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
The governments of North America and Western Europe, including the United States, "have become increasingly restrictive in granting asylum" to political refugees, Amnesty International said Tuesday. Where the problem is "most critical," the London-based human rights organization's refugee coordinator, Nicholas J. Rizza, said in a news conference in Los Angeles, is in the efforts of political refugees from El Salvador and Guatemala to seek asylum in the United States.
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