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Human Rights: U.S. Accused of Abusing Afghan Prisoners

A commission set up by Afghan President Hamid Karzai is making serious accusations against a U.S.-run prison. In a report released to the media Saturday, the commission accused the United States of abusing and torturing Afghans held at a prison

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Making the Internet Work for Human Rights: The Internet Rights and Principles Coalition

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was written by Dixie Hawtin, co-chair of the Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles of the Internet Governance Forum. It is part of a new effort by Global Voices Advocacy to inform our community and

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China: Party Elders Meet, Debate ‘Culture’, Censorship

China’s Party plenum meets to discuss culture, despite a worsening economic crisis. China’s ruling Communist Party leaders are meeting in Beijing to debate ‘cultural reforms,’ which some interpret as a tightening of control over media and the Internet, ahead of

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#OccupyWallStreet Protest Cleanup Also Aims for Wall Street Cleanup

Anti-Wall Street demonstrators in New York City have pre-empted the official cleanup and potential dispersal of their protest by cleaning up the park where the action is taking place themselves.  And the movement against corporate excess is now spreading overseas.

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Rights Groups Welcome US Decision to Send Troops to Uganda

Human rights groups are welcoming the U.S. decision to deploy 100 U.S. troops to central Africa to support the regional fight against a guerrilla group known for atrocities against civilians. One of those groups, Human Rights Watch, has been urging

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Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Honored With Memorial

Nearly a month after a hurricane postponed the dedication of a national memorial honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.,  U.S. President Barack Obama leads the ceremony Sunday, Oct. 16. King was the leading voice of the nation’s modern

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Skepticism Meets Burma’s Prisoner-Release Plan

Burma has announced it will release thousands of prisoners as part of a general amnesty amid indications that political prisoners could be among those set free. A leading rights group has dismissed the news, though, as a ploy that shows

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Occupy Wall Street Protests Spread Across Country

Jeff Swicord | Washington Liberal activists seem to be getting a boost from the spreading Occupy Wall Street protests in the United States. Their influence on American political dialogue is a work in progress. The demonstrations in New York against

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#OccupyWallStreet: US Activists Protest in Washington, One Arrested

Occupy Wall Street / Occupy DC Washington’s National Air and Space Museum was closed late Saturday after a large group of demonstrators tried to push past security guards and enter the building. Smithsonian Institution officials say at least one demonstrator

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Dalai Lama Criticizes ‘Immoral’ Chinese Censorship

The Dalai Lama sharply criticized censorship in China as “immoral” during a video chat with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. The exiled Tibetan leader spoke with Tutu Saturday from Dharamsala, India.  The Dalai Lama had planned to visit his friend and

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