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August 24, 2011 | By Ellen Knickmeyer and Roula Hajjar, Los Angeles Times
The top U.N. human rights panel ordered its investigators Tuesday to begin looking into possible crimes against humanity during Syria's 5-month-old crackdown on antigovernment protesters, while Syrian activists accused security forces of blocking a U.N. fact-finding team from visiting areas of unrest. The U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva — voting as Syrian activists said government forces killed five civilians Tuesday in an opposition stronghold, Hama — also condemned what it called "grave and systematic" violations of human rights by Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1988
Having watched and listened to Reagan's inane speeches on human rights during his visit to Moscow, one must come to the conclusion that "he should never leave home without it" . . . a muzzle. LOU MAXFIELD Camarillo
OPINION
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
NEWS
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.
WORLD
March 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
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
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