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

Rights pressure on Cuba mainly ’lip service’

19 December 10 - From the Guardian: Australia, Canada and several European countries have stopped pressuring Cuba over human rights in the hope of winning commercial favours from Havana, according to confidential US diplomatic cables released by (...) 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

Zimbabwe: call to investigate 2008 election crimes

15 December 10 - From VOA News: Zimbabwe human rights groups are stepping up pressure on Harare’s national unity government to prosecute the perpetrators of 2008 electoral violence including politically motivated rape before proceeding with another round of elections next (...) Read

China’s post Nobel award crackdown

14 December 10 - From Reuters: UN human rights investigators said on Monday that activists in China were under growing pressure from the state, linking the crackdown to the Nobel peace prize award to dissident Liu Xiaobo. Read

Iranian calls to expell UK Ambassador

13 December 10 - From BBC News: Iranian politicians have called for Britain’s ambassador to Tehran to be expelled after comments he made about the country’s human rights record. 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

Iran denies releasing women scheduled for stoning

10 December 10 - From Reuters: An Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning has not been released, state-run Press TV said on Friday, denying a report by a European human rights group which quoted "sources in Iran" as saying she had been freed. 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

Christian pastor faces death in Iran

8 December 10 - From CNN: A Christan pastor in Iran has been sentenced to death for allegedly renouncing his Muslim religion and another faces a possible indictment on the same charge of apostasy, according to a prominent activist group working for human rights in (...) Read
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