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Annan urges Sudan sanctions
Speaking in Nigeria Sunday, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the UN Security Council to consider sanctions against Sudan for "gross violations of human rights". Annan cited a UN report, due to be released this week, that found tha (More)
Millions of Iraqis vote as turnout tops 70%
Iraqi voters turned out in their millions Sunday, braving threats of a bloodbath at the polls to cast their ballots in the first democratic elections in the country in more than half a century. One official with the Independent Electoral Commission (More)
Afghan human rights watchdog wants war crimes justice
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission , a watchdog group supported by the UN and set up pursuant to the 2001 Bonn Agreement , called on the international community and the US-backed Afghan government [official website> Saturday to a (More)
US lawmakers call for pressure on Sudan to halt violence
Responding to violence in Sudan's western Darfur region that has claimed some 70,000 lives, US lawmakers gathered on Capitol Hill Thursday to call on world leaders to put pressure on both rebels and government forces to halt the bloodshed. Dis (More)
UN panel criticizes Mexico for unsolved murders of women
The UN committee charged with monitoring the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women [background and text; committee website] released a report Thursday accusing Mexico of "grave and syst (More)
BREAKING NEWS ~ Gonzales nomination narrowly passes Judiciary Committee
The Senate Judiciary Committee has just voted 10-8 to approve President Bush's nomination of Alberto Gonzales as US Attorney General. The nomination now goes to the full Senate. AP has a background story on this morning's committee meeting h (More)
US meatpacking industry cited for rights abuses
Working conditions in the American meatpacking industry are so bad that they violate basic human and workers rights, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch . The report, Blood, Sweat, and Fear: Workers' Rights in U.S. Meat and Poultry P (More)
UK terror detainees to be freed subject to "control orders"
UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke announced Wednesday that foreign terror suspects currently being detained in British prisons will be set free and will either be deported or will be subject to "control orders." At one end of the spectrum (More)
Chile high court imposes deadline for Pinochet rights trials
Chile's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that judges investigating charges of murder, torture and kidnappings under former dictator Augusto Pinochet's rule should file charges within six months or close their investigations. 365 human rights ca (More)
Human rights groups up anti-Gonzales campaign
High-profile New York-based monitoring group Human Rights Watch has broken from its practice of not directly endorsing or opposing Cabinet nomineees to issue a formal statement opposing the nomination of White House counsel Alberto Gonzales for th (More)