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July 27, 2013 |
Until Communist captors locked his dad in a 9-by-9-foot jail cell, Khoa Nguyen did not fully appreciate the battle his father was fighting. As a boy, he remembered him talking about the struggles in his homeland, the basic human rights he believed his countrymen in Vietnam had been denied. His parent's activity with a pro-democracy group finally drew his father from the family's comfortable Garden Grove home to Vietnam, where he hoped to train residents to use nonviolent methods in lobbying for reforms.
May 23, 2012 |
Dolores Huerta runs on righteous ferocity the way cars run on gasoline. The woman who co-founded the United Farm Workers union 50 years ago with Cesar Chavez has harried, prodded, hectored, rallied and protested. She's been arrested more than a score of times, and once, picketing in San Francisco, she was beaten so badly by a police officer that her spleen was ruptured. You'd be hard-pressed to tell, the way she bounces around the Central Valley, a woman on many missions. So, can she stand still next week in Washington long enough for President Obama to present her with the Medal of Freedom, along with honorees such as Toni Morrison, John Glenn and Bob Dylan?
August 8, 2005
Your Aug. 5 article says President Bush expects Colombia "to honor its stated commitment to human rights" and that Bush even "talked about specific cases." Um, what's that saying about people who live in glass houses? GEORGE J. JANCZYN San Diego
April 16, 1991
Former Soviet dissidents, religious leaders and others active in human rights plan two days of round-table discussions in Moscow late this week to grade Kremlin progress in respecting individual freedoms. The main question before the meetings is whether the Soviet Union has made enough progress on human rights to justify its hosting the next Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe review session, scheduled to take place in Moscow next September.
June 22, 2013 |
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.
March 9, 2008 |
A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer was released after two days of secret police detention. Teng Biao, 34, said police questioned him about articles calling for an independent and fair legal system that he has written for his blog and overseas Chinese websites. "The police were from the Beijing Public Security Bureau, but they don't allow me to tell any more details," Teng said in a telephone interview. Teng has defended dissidents and been an outspoken critic of human rights abuses in China, especially as international scrutiny has increased ahead of the Summer Olympics in Beijing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2001
Re "China's Religious Repression Imperils All," Commentary, Dec. 29: Elliott Abrams lecturing the Chinese on human rights? The same Elliott Abrams who as assistant secretary of State under Reagan implemented the deportation of Central American refugees (in direct violation of the Refugee Act of 1980) back to their American-financed, right-wing, paramilitary death squad governments to face further persecution and "disappearances"? The hypocrisy is about to make me sick. MITCH BROWN Silverado
February 29, 2012
No money, no park Re "A park left vulnerable," Feb. 25 The one thing that will save Mitchell Caverns (and other shuttered state parks) is the one thing California probably will not do: The state should sell the park to someone who will take care of the place. Owners take far better care of their property. Sure, any buyers would want to make the park profitable, but what's wrong with that? With a little investment and promotion, Mitchell Caverns and other parks like it could become tourist attractions to an extent they never have been previously.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1985
The day before he began his state visit to France last week--his first trip to a Western nation since becoming the Soviet leader--Mikhail S. Gorbachev submitted to a televised interview by French journalists. Gorbachev conducted himself with some suavity, until he was asked about political prisoners in the Soviet Union. His angry retort was to dismiss the question as "absurd."