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Bangladesh paramilitaries trained by UK

22 December 10 - From the Guardian: The British government has been training a Bangladeshi paramilitary force condemned by human rights organisations as a "government death squad", leaked US embassy cables have revealed. Read

Calls to free Syrian activist

19 December 10 - From Human Rights Watch: Syrian authorities should not prosecute a political activist for statements criticizing Iran’s 2009 presidential election and should release him immediately. Read

Cuban dissident addresses EU awards committee

16 December 10 - From Associated Press: A Cuban dissident used a video address at Wednesday’s award of the EU’s main human rights prize to call for the release of political prisoners in his homeland and for the government to end attacks on the (...) Read

Verdict clearing Russian editor welcomed

11 December 10 - From Reporters Without Borders: RSF welcomed the decision of a court in Khimki, quashing a guilty verdict handed down a month ago against journalist Mikhail Beketov for defamation. Read

Pillay criticizes targeting Wikileaks

11 December 10 - From Reuters: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay voiced concern on Thursday at reports of pressure being exerted on private companies to halt financial or Internet services for WikiLeaks. Read

UN to Whistleblowers: ’kill the messenger’

11 December 10 - A rousing battle between former Under-Secretary-General Inga- Britt Ahlenius, who once headed the U.N.’s powerful investigating arm, and her boss Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is threatening to get ugly. Read

China blocks BBC in Nobel prize protest

9 December 10 - From the Telegraph (UK): China has stepped up its campaign against the Nobel Peace prize, blocking the websites of the BBC and NRK, a Norwegian television channel, one day before Liu Xiaobo is honoured in Oslo with this year’s (...) Read

Hong Kong march to free Nobel winner

6 December 10 - From Reuters: Hundreds of people marched in Hong Kong on Sunday to demand China free dissident Liu Xiaobo, a week before the human rights activist is formally awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Norway. Read

’Whistle-blowers’ must be responsible

6 December 10 - Rudolf Elmer, a Swiss whistle-blower, talks to about Wikileaks and the role of such organisations “in a media-manipulated world”. Read

US concerns by rights abuses in Madagascar

3 December 10 - From the Washington Post: The United States is worried about a "considerable deterioration" in press and other freedoms in Madagascar. Read
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