March 21, 2008 |
The U.N. human rights chief accused the Sudanese army of looting towns and raping girls and women during attacks carried out in West Darfur with the help of Arab militias. The Feb. 8 attacks on Sirba, Sileia and Abu Suruj, with helicopter gunships and fixed-wing craft, killed at least 115 people and caused 30,000 to flee their homes, Louise Arbour, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said in a report. "The scale of destruction . . . suggests that the damage was a deliberate and integral part of a military strategy," the nine-page report says.
March 1, 2009 |
Southeast Asian leaders are wrapping up a summit today they hoped would highlight their championship of human rights, but instead suffered a setback when military-ruled Myanmar and Cambodia refused to talk to two pro-democracy activists. The prominent activists were barred from a meeting on human rights in the region, after the leaders of the two countries threatened to walk out. The activists had been selected as delegates for their countries. The two-day summit of the 10-nation bloc is to end with a general declaration and a document on the region's economy and the global financial crisis.
May 12, 2004 |
China's state-monitored Internet has been having a field day with the scandal over the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, even as some analysts here warned that the issue could alter the Sino-U.S. human rights debate. "It could strengthen China's position, putting the political dialogue between the U.S. government and the Chinese government at least on an equal footing," said Yan Xuetong, an expert at Qinghua University here on relations between the nations.
April 17, 2005 |
A human rights lawyer has filed a criminal complaint against an Argentine cardinal mentioned as a possible contender to become pope, accusing him of involvement in the 1976 kidnappings of two priests. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio's spokesman Saturday called the allegation "old slander."
May 18, 2009
The Obama administration says it is committed to protecting human rights and supporting multilateral institutions, and the decision to seek a place on the United Nations Human Rights Council was a step in that direction. We are pleased that the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly last week to seat the United States on the council for the first time since its creation in 2006. The council was set up to replace the U.N. Human Rights Commission, which was ineffective.
December 4, 2012 |
TEHRAN -- Jailed Iranian human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh has halted her hunger strike after the Iranian judiciary agreed to drop a travel ban against her daughter, her husband said Tuesday. Sotoudeh had endured nearly seven weeks without food, drinking salt and sugar solutions, to protest her 12-year-old daughter Mehrave being banned from leaving the country. The couple claimed their daughter was being punished for the alleged crimes of her mother, who has defended dissidents.