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2006-05-23 05:52:26

LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led war against terrorism has sparked a rise in human rights abuses as countries turn a blind eye to violations by their allies, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Accusing countries such as the United States of double standards, the group said in its annual report for 2006 that their credibility had been weakened by reports of prisoner torture in third countries and other rights abuses. Rights groups have often accused governments backing the war...

2006-05-10 00:16:53

BEIJING (Reuters) - A prominent U.S.-based rights group has said it did not expect China to promote human rights at home despite its new position on the U.N. Human Rights Council. Human Rights in China (HRIC) said that China should use the opportunity to promote human rights as befits its role as an increasingly important global player, but expressed doubts that the country with the world's largest population would change. "While there has been some improvement in the human rights...

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2006-04-28 17:55:00

By Antony Bruno SAN FRANCISCO -- When Amnesty International wanted to raise awareness about violence against women in Mexico, it turned to Jaguares, one of the country's most popular rock bands. The group recorded a cover of John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth" and made it available as a digital download via the organization's Make Some Noise music service. It proved so popular that the number of Mexicans signing up to support the initiative exceeded Amnesty's entire membership in the country....

2006-04-05 10:40:00

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN -- Three men newly freed from jail in Yemen have given detailed accounts to Amnesty International that suggest they may previously have been held at a secret U.S. prison in Eastern Europe, the rights group said on Wednesday. Muhammad Bashmilah, Salah Qaru and Muhammad al-Assad spent 13 months in one secret facility before being flown to Yemen in May 2005 and imprisoned there until their release last month, Amnesty said in a report. It based its...

2006-04-04 18:28:13

LONDON (Reuters) - Human rights group Amnesty International accused the United States on Wednesday of using front companies to transfer individuals to countries where they have faced torture or ill-treatment. The fresh charges come after months of allegations by campaigners who say the Central Intelligence Agency transports terrorism suspects outside normal legal channels to countries where they could be tortured under interrogation. Washington says it does sometimes transfer...

2006-03-08 17:39:13

By Saul Hudson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite accusing countries such as Jordan and Egypt on Wednesday of torturing detainees, the United States said it will keep sending suspected militants to foreign prisons if governments pledge not to abuse them. Human rights groups said the policy was illegal because the United States could have little faith in the governments' promises and knew there was a high risk of torture, especially after detailing widespread prisoner abuse in an annual...

2006-02-26 20:41:36

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Irish rock band U2 received Amnesty International's annual Ambassadors of Conscience award on Sunday in Chile's national stadium, which was once a notorious detention center for political prisoners. Chilean President-elect Michelle Bachelet, herself a political prisoner in the 1970s, presented the award to U2 at a backstage ceremony prior to the band playing a concert. Amnesty said it was recognizing band members Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry...

2006-01-30 19:10:34

By Alan Elsner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At least 10 percent of the first 1,000 people executed in the United States since 1977, were severely mentally ill, Amnesty International said in a report issued on Monday. The London-based human rights organization, which opposes all forms of capital punishment, said the practice of putting to death people with serious mental illnesses offended international standards of decency. "For the USA to be pursuing this premeditated ritualistic...

2006-01-08 19:43:54

LONDON (Reuters) - The United Nations must this week pave the way for a treaty to control the sale of small arms that were behind the deaths of one million people since member states last discussed the issue in 2001, campaigners said on Monday. Delegates from U.N. member states hold a preparatory meeting in New York on Monday ahead of a June conference on small arms. "In 2006, the world has a choice. Either it continues to ignore the massive human cost of arms proliferation or it...

2005-12-15 11:44:10

LONDON (Reuters) - Amnesty International said on Thursday Britain had allowed the CIA to operate flights on its territory to transport terrorism detainees illegally and demanded that the government launch an investigation. "The UK has allowed these aircraft to land, refuel and take off from their territory," the human rights group's regional director Claudio Cordone said in a statement. "The UK government must launch an immediate, thorough and independent investigation into mounting...


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