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WORLD
October 22, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - Prisoners detained without charges. Prisons operating outside the legal system. Limits on free speech and the Internet. Legitimate voters prevented from casting their ballots. Sanctioned kidnappings. Witch hunts and torture. It's all part of life, says the Russian government - in the United States. The Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday issued a 56-page report in Russian and English titled, " On the Human Rights Situation in the United States . " The report, distributed at hearings held by the International Affairs Committee of Russia's lower house of parliament, was the first such full examination of the U.S. human rights record issued here since the fall of communism in 1991.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1988
The world watched the Moscow summit. They heard our President talk about "human rights for all the people in the world." Now they are wondering whether the U.S. is changing its policy and will be helping the Palestinians with their human rights problems or whether we will continue to be two-faced about it. K. PFIZENMAIER Escondido
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
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
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
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2013 | By Anh Do
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.
OPINION
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.
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