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October 28, 1995 | FRANK MANNING
Harry Wu, an American citizen and Chinese-born human rights activist, will speak Wednesday at Soka University on "China: The Truth Behind Slave Labor." Wu, who spent two decades in a concentration camp for speaking out against his country's repressive regime, was born Wu Hongda in 1937, one of eight children of a prosperous banker.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014
Chokwe Lumumba, 66, a human rights activist and nationally prominent attorney who became mayor of Jackson, Miss., last year, died Tuesday at a Jackson hospital, city officials said. The cause wasn't immediately clear. As an attorney, Lumumba represented Tupac Shakur in cases including one in which the rapper was cleared of aggravated assault in the shootings of two off-duty police officers who were visiting Atlanta from another city when they were wounded. Shakur died in 1996. Lumumba also represented Lance Parker, one of the defendants in the attack on truck driver Reginald O. Denny at the beginning of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
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WORLD
January 1, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A prominent Cambodian human rights activist was detained on defamation charges, the latest in a series of legal actions taken by the government against its critics. Kem Sokha, director of the U.S.-funded Cambodian Center of Human Rights, was arrested after a several-hour standoff at his Phnom Penh office. His lawyer, Som Chandyna, said Kem Sokha had been detained over what appeared to be graffiti calling Prime Minister Hun Sen "a communist dictator who sold away [Cambodian] land to Vietnam."
WORLD
July 12, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - A group of Russian lawmakers and rights advocates who met Friday with Edward Snowden voiced support for his bid to gain asylum in their nation, with one calling the American fugitive "a human rights activist. " “I consider Edward Snowden a human rights activist struggling for the rights of millions and millions of people in the entire world,” Sergei Naryshkin, speaker of the lower house of parliament, told Rossiya-24 television. “In the United States, which demands his extradition, such punishment as the death penalty is applied, and I believe the risk is very high that this measure of punishment is in for Edward Snowden," Naryshkin said.
NEWS
April 16, 2002
Hong Kong denied entry to prominent human rights activist Harry Wu for "security reasons," a Hong Kong-based watchdog group said. The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said that Wu, 65, a U.S. citizen, was detained at the Hong Kong airport late Sunday. He was held for 11 hours, then was put on a plane to Washington, where he had come from. State Department spokesman Philip T. Reeker said the U.S. was concerned by Wu's exclusion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1990 | LYNN O'SHAUGHNESSY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two years ago, Mart Niklus, an Estonian human rights activist, spent his days monotonously attaching electrical cords onto irons in a labor camp in the Soviet Union. But on Saturday, Niklus, whose imprisonment was widely decried throughout the Western world, was sitting in the den of a Bell Canyon residence speaking whimsically about hummingbirds. "I'd like very much to see the birds of America," he told his host, Jaak Treiman, the honorary counsel for Estonians in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Robert H. Kirschner, 61, an internationally recognized forensic pathologist and human rights activist, died Sunday of complications from kidney cancer at University of Chicago Hospitals. Kirschner participated in human rights missions for the United Nations, Physicians for Human Rights and other groups. His travels took him to Argentina, Kenya, South Korea and many other countries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2007 | Sam Enriquez and Alex Renderos, Special to The Times
Maria Julia Hernandez, a celebrated human rights activist who spoke up for victims during El Salvador's protracted civil war and tended to their families in the years that followed, died Friday of a heart attack. She was 68.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Byung Sup Kim, 85, a North Korean refugee and human rights activist beloved by Korean Americans in Washington state as "Elder Kim," died Sunday at his home near Seattle. A native of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, Kim was jailed as a young man for protests against communism. He fled to South Korea at age 31, and worked as a newspaper and magazine publisher and teacher. He led protests when North Korea seized the U.S. Navy spy ship Pueblo in January 1968 and took the crew hostage.
WORLD
October 15, 2007 | Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim, Special to The Times
Iranian authorities imprisoned one of their nation's most prominent human rights activists Sunday after he appeared at a court appointment, said his lawyer. Emadeddin Baghi, a writer who has campaigned vigorously against the death penalty in Iran, was taken during a hearing in Tehran's Revolutionary Court, which tries those charged with political crimes. Baghi's relatives said the court imposed a previously suspended one-year sentence on state security charges and denied bail.
WORLD
July 12, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - Edward Snowden hasn't budged from the transit area of a Moscow airport, but his search for political asylum has come full circle. The former contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency, who revealed Washington's secret efforts to track international telephone and Internet communications, called Russian human rights activists and lawyers to Sheremetyevo International Airport on Friday and asked them for help gaining asylum in Russia...
WORLD
June 22, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- A prominent Russian human rights activist and associates, including a Moscow mayoral candidate, were forcibly evicted from his office by security agents Saturday morning, in the latest government crackdown against political opposition and nongovernmental advocacy organizations. Lev Ponomaryov, head of the group For Human Rights, said he sustained light injuries when police raided the office between 2 and 3 a.m., roughing him up and saying he was being evicted because his group's lease had expired.
WORLD
May 31, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
"Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.” That may sound like a clique of conspiracy theorists or the title of a summer B movie, but it's actually an alliance of human rights groups raising legal and ethical concerns about people's willingness to cede life-and-death decisions to computers. Who is responsible if an armed robot fails to distinguish between civilians and combatants when unleashing lethal force against a target that meets its programmed criteria? And how, skeptics wonder, can a “fully autonomous weapon” be taught to recognize soldiers attempting to surrender or those already wounded and no longer a threat?
OPINION
March 17, 2013 | Peter Eisner
Very few Argentines were on hand for the proceedings, for the white smoke followed by the traditional proclamation, Habemus papam - "We have a pope. " But on the other side of the world, the people of Buenos Aires erupted with jubilation when they learned that the new pontiff, Pope Francis, was Argentine. The celebration was more about national pride than religious pride, however. At the moment that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has become the face of Catholicism in the Southern Hemisphere and the world, his own country is becoming far less religious.
WORLD
February 4, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Vietnam on Monday sentenced the head of an organization accused of “smearing the current system” and trying to topple the government to life behind bars, state media reported. The official Vietnam News Agency reported that Phan Van Thu headed the “reactionary political organization” that planned to establish a new state “led by Thu and his accomplices,” writing documents that attacked state policies and tried to erode trust in the Communist Party of Vietnam. Twenty-one other people in Bia Son Council for Laws and Public Affairs were handed jail terms ranging from 10 years to 17 years, according to state media.
WORLD
December 31, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
A Bahrain court has sentenced two policemen to spend seven years in jail for beating a man to death, one of those killed amid anti-government protests last year. The court decision was handed down Sunday, according to Reuters news service and Bahraini news outlets . The case centered on Karim Fakhrawi, an opposition member who founded an independent newspaper. He died while in police custody after going to a police station to complain, reportedly, about the planned demolition of his house, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists . He had been accused by the government of falsifying news.
NEWS
August 18, 1995 | JIM MANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The advance teams have been laying the groundwork for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in Asia. The State Department has been cranking out briefing materials on China for her to read. But with only two weeks to go, the Clinton Administration still hasn't decided whether the First Lady should attend the United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing. The decision has been swept up in the crosscurrents of U.S. relations with China--and in intense domestic politics surrounding that policy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014
Chokwe Lumumba, 66, a human rights activist and nationally prominent attorney who became mayor of Jackson, Miss., last year, died Tuesday at a Jackson hospital, city officials said. The cause wasn't immediately clear. As an attorney, Lumumba represented Tupac Shakur in cases including one in which the rapper was cleared of aggravated assault in the shootings of two off-duty police officers who were visiting Atlanta from another city when they were wounded. Shakur died in 1996. Lumumba also represented Lance Parker, one of the defendants in the attack on truck driver Reginald O. Denny at the beginning of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2012 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - After months of delays, U.S. lawmakers finally passed a trade bill with Russia. And perhaps no one was as deeply moved as investor William Browder. His emotions had nothing to do with the commercial implications of the legislation, which normalizes trade relations with Russia and should give a boost to big American exporters such as Caterpillar Inc. and Deere & Co. Instead, Browder's focus was entirely on a provision that would punish Russians accused of human rights abuses, specifically those involved in the 2009 death of his onetime Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2012 | By David Ng
Sculptor Anish Kapoor has released his "Gangnam Style" video, a human-rights themed take on the popular music video by South Korean pop star Psy. The video features cameo appearances by museum staff across the world, including staff from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Kapoor, who was born in India and lives in London, has said the video is intended to be a tribute to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who created his own "Gangnam Style" video...
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