World Report 2005 [Human Rights Watch]

World Report 2005, Human Rights Watch, released January 13, 2005 [examining human rights developments in more than 60 countries in 2004, and finding that the worldwide system for protecting human rights was significantly weakened over the past year by the crisis in Darfur and the Abu Ghraib scandal]. Excerpt:

No one would equate the two, yet each, in its own way, has had an insidious effect. One involves indifference in the face of the worst imaginable atrocities, the other is emblematic of a powerful government flouting a most basic prohibition. One presents a crisis that threatens many lives, the other a case of exceptionalism that threatens the most fundamental rules. The vitality of the global defense of human rights depends on a firm response to each on stopping the Sudanese government's slaughter in Darfur and on changing the policy decisions behind the US government's torture and mistreatment of detainees.
Read the full text of the report here. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here.

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