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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1989
Thank you for your critical editorial of Israel. Your characterization of Israeli human-rights abuses as "soul destroying brutalization" cannot be more accurate. However, there are two important points that must be addressed regarding the State Department report. The first is that the Israeli human rights abuses are nothing new. This has been going on for more than 20 years. What's new is that these abuses have substantially increased in the last year. Now to my second point.
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February 6, 2014 | By Stacey Leasca
As the Sochi Olympics kick off, Russia's anti-gay legislation has drawn high-profile protests from athletes, heads of state and the court of public opinion , but perhaps none is as imaginative as "Luge," by the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion. The video, above, was created to send "a really strong message about the need for equality and the treatment of LGBT people and their allies, particularly at the Olympics,” institute founder Michael Bach said in an interview Thursday with the Los Angeles Times.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1999 | NANCY WRIDE and HARRISON SHEPPARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A flashlight vigil Friday drew an estimated 15,000 people to Little Saigon for an evening of prayer and protest against what speakers called continued human rights violations in Vietnam, Westminster police said.
WORLD
December 24, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon and Carol J. Williams
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The United Nations Security Council authorized an urgent increase in peacekeeping forces for South Sudan on Tuesday in a bid to keep the world's newest country from sliding into prolonged ethnic bloodletting only two years after gaining independence. International officials said they had found a mass grave and cited reports of several more. Tens of thousands of people were seeking shelter in or near U.N. bases. Regional analysts said the number killed in the remote, impoverished country probably was already in the thousands.
NEWS
July 18, 1993 | FEIZAL SAMATH, REUTERS
Two middle-aged Sri Lankan academics who chronicle alleged atrocities by Tamil guerrillas live in constant fear of rebel hit squads. For Rajan Hoole, K. Sritharan and their wives the last three years have meant constantly moving to evade the wrath of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who are fighting for a separate state in the Indian Ocean island's north and east. The academics say they are inspired by the memory of a colleague who was shot dead four years ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1991
Human rights conditions in Kuwait, nearly four months after its liberation from Iraqi oppression, remain grim and dispiriting. As three human rights groups told a congressional hearing this week, disappearances, arbitrary arrests and torture continue on a wide scale. These abuses, with non-Kuwaitis almost always the victims, are no longer the spontaneous reactions of a population getting even with those suspected of collaborating with the occupier.
BUSINESS
April 26, 1994 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shareholders of Unocal Corp. voted Monday to reject a proxy resolution calling on the company to make a comprehensive report on conditions in Myanmar (formerly Burma), where allegations of human rights violations have stirred controversy over a Unocal gas pipeline project. "I think our record on human rights is as good or better than any other company," Richard J. Stegemeier, Unocal's chief executive, said at a news conference after the company's annual shareholders meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1990 | ANTONIO H. RODRIGUEZ, Antonio H. Rodriguez is one of the attorneys for Richard Gomez.
Have you ever entertained the notion that what we call police brutality is, in reality, torture? It is an ugly thought. But we must come to grips with the possibility. In July, Richard Gomez, a 15-year-old Latino, stated that he was brutally beaten, without reason, by two Los Angeles police officers during his arrest on gun-possession charges, and later while handcuffed in the patrol car. He said he was then denied medical treatment. The officers reported the arrest as one "without incident."
NEWS
October 18, 1996 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Clinton administration reaffirmed Thursday that it plans to go ahead with the sale of nine F-16 jet fighters to Indonesia, despite the country's human rights violations and recent allegations that wealthy Indonesians have sought to buy political influence with the White House. Senior administration officials said that the sale, the outlines of which were agreed to earlier this year, is likely to be completed early in 1997, after the new Congress convenes. The price was not disclosed.
NEWS
November 19, 1985 | Associated Press
Six people protesting alleged human rights violations against Latvians were arrested Monday after chaining themselves to the gate of the Soviet Embassy, authorities said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Kanye West at the center of controversy? We're shocked. The hit maker, who recently joked of his “polarizing” infamy, has now taken it global and drawn the ire of the Human Rights Foundation for his performance at the wedding of the grandson of Kazakhstan's president, Nursultan Nazarbayev. The foundation said West's private performance Saturday, for which he was reportedly paid upward of $3 million, legitimized the human-rights violations of the nation's president. In a statement, foundation President Thor Halvorseen called Kazakhstan a “human-rights wasteland” TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts “The regime crushes freedom of speech and association; someone like Kanye, who makes a living expressing his views, would find himself in a prison under Nazarbayev's rule,” the statement says.
TRAVEL
April 14, 2013
I feel compelled to respond to Bill Watters' letter of April 7 regarding Japanese internment during World War II. First, he seemed to have missed his history lessons as many of these internees were U.S. citizens. Second, if their "spartan" camps provided "medical and social" needs, it is because the internees had to build them from scratch. Third, upon their return they were not compensated. Most lost their homes (forced to sell before being forced to leave), their businesses, property and farms.
WORLD
March 16, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry signaled Friday that the Obama administration will take a cautious approach on negotiations that begin next week at the United Nations over a proposed international treaty that aims to more tightly control the $60-billion global trade in conventional arms. U.N. officials and human rights groups have called on the United States to help win support for the treaty, which advocates say could prevent an influx in arms from heightening violence in conflict zones such as Sudan and Syria.
WORLD
December 15, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - The Russian parliament's lower house Friday gave initial approval to a bill that would impose sanctions on U.S. citizens accused of human rights violations. The bill, which does not specify the kinds of violations that would apply, was named for Dima Yakovlev, a boy who was adopted and died of heatstroke after his American father left him in a parked car for hours four years ago in Virginia. It is expected to receive full parliamentary approval this month and become effective Jan. 1. The vote by Russian legislators came as President Obama on Friday signed a bill into law that helps increase U.S. business opportunities in Russia, but calls for punishment of Russians accused of human rights violations.
WORLD
April 14, 2012 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
BEIRUT - As the cease-fire in Syria appeared to be unraveling, the U.N. Security Council on Saturday unanimously approved sending as many as 30 unarmed monitors to try to help maintain the fragile truce. Activists reported almost 30 deaths across Syria on a day when the international community sent a rare message of unity that the violence must come to an end. The bloodshed has been intensifying as rebels have increasingly taken up arms in the face of a yearlong crackdown by the government of President Bashar Assad.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2011 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
When Carlos de Graca Lopes took over as director of Sao Martinho Prison in Cape Verde in 2001, he arrived with a warning for inmates: He had one hand made of velvet and another made of iron. Grab the velvet hand and be rewarded. Grab the iron hand and face the consequences. Over the next five years, Lopes ruled with his iron hand, according to a government indictment filed against him in Cape Verde. More than 150 times, the indictment alleges, he ordered or executed the beating and torture of prisoners, including spraying them in the face with water so they could not breathe and handcuffing them to an iron bar for weeks.
NEWS
March 1, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Colombia's National Police fired 135 officers for alleged links to right-wing paramilitary groups and for human rights violations, the largest purge of state security forces in the last four months. In October, the army fired 388 officers for alleged human rights violations. Rights groups say Colombia's state security forces have links to paramilitary groups responsible for the killings of scores of people as part of a "dirty war" against rebels and suspected collaborators.
WORLD
September 3, 2011 | Ellen Knickmeyer and Roula Hajjar, Knickmeyer and Hajjar are special correspondents
The protesters and family members gather outside hospitals in Syria for what has become a grim routine of the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime: reaching out for the dead and wounded, trying to wrest their bodies away from security forces. Syrian troops and security officers on Friday seized at least 15 more dead and injured protesters from two hospitals in the suburbs of Damascus, the capital, firing on relatives of the victims and others, according to witnesses and activists.
WORLD
April 17, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
A U.N. panel has called for an independent investigation of "credible" allegations that tens of thousands of civilians were killed in the final stages of the Sri Lankan civil war two years ago. The fatality estimate used by the three-member expert panel is significantly higher than the 7,000 civilian deaths cited by the United Nations near the end of the last four months of the bloody conflict, although it's unlikely that an exact figure will ever...
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