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.
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.
August 24, 2011 |
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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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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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."
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January 13, 1988
Contrary to Charles B. Thaxton and Stephen C. Meyer ("Human Rights: Blessed by God or Begrudged by Government," Opinion, Dec. 27), there is a scientific basis for human rights. Supernaturalism, as the authors seem to realize, provides no basis for rights or for anything else. God-given "rights," like government-given "rights," are not rights at all but revokable privileges. And what theism induces is not a belief in human dignity but its opposite: humility, self-abnegation, a feeling that one's mind and life on earth are essentially worthless.
January 3, 1988
Charles Thaxton and Stephen Meyer make the case that modern science has imperiled human rights by its invention of robots and its discovery of biological evolution. Against this peril they urge a return to the "traditional view of man's origins"; that is, the Judeo-Christian one of man as made in the image of God as the only viable logical underpinning of human rights as understood in the Western world. I am sure this comes as a surprise to some Buddhists and Muslims, as well as to atheists in the tradition of Thomas Paine, that their concern and dedication to human rights rested all along on a tradition they were not aware of, or rejected along the way to wisdom.
November 18, 1990
The Associated Students of Pasadena City College will sponsor Human Rights Awareness Week beginning Dec. 9 with a Human Rights Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Campus Quad. Magdaleno Rose-Avila, director of the Western Region of Amnesty International USA will speak Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Lounge. Speakers on Dec. 12 in Harbeson Hall will be Mary Paxson of the National Organization for Women at 1 p.m., Pat Bowie of the Pasadena YWCA Rape Crisis Center at 6 p.m.