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Hundreds of thousands protest against Syrian regime

Hundreds of thousands of protesters poured into the streets of Syrian cities and towns on Friday to demand the release of hundreds of people detained in earlier pro-democracy demonstrations, activists said. An estimated 350,000 people demonstrated in Deir Ezzor, saidRami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, while 150,000 others protested in Hama city…

Six Syrians killed as 500,000 protest against Assad

Syrian security forces killed at least six demonstrators as more than half a million people took to the streets across the country on Friday to demand the departure of Bashar al-Assad, activists said. The protests came as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said time was running out for the Syrian president,…

Group: Hundreds of thousands of Chinese children suffer from lead poisoning

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese children suffering lead poisoning from polluting smelters and factories have been denied testing, effective treatment and even basic information by officials who downplayed health threats, a human rights advocacy group said on Wednesday. The report from Human Rights Watch comes after China’s latest lead pollution outbreak,…

China in no mood to listen in U.S. rights talks

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China’s increasingly tough line against dissent suggests it will be in no mood to bend to U.S. demands to soften its approach when the two begin talks on human rights on Wednesday. Analysts said the gulf between the two sides looks especially deep ahead of this year’s…

22 Syrian protesters killed: rights activist

DAMASCUS — At least 22 protesters were killed on Friday as anti-regime demonstrations and clashes with security forces raged around Syria, the head of the National Organisation for Human Rights said. “We have the names of 17 demonstrators killed in Daraa, and we have been told of the deaths of…

Gaddafi loses control of swathes of east Libya

TOBRUK, Libya – Moamer Kadhafi’s regime has lost vast swathes of Libya’s east to an insurrection, it emerged Wednesday, as the West prepared for a mass exodus from a “bloodbath” in the north African country. With condemnation of the brutal crackdown growing and foreigners fleeing the oil-rich country, Kadhafi was…

Afghan war ‘kills 1,325 civilians this year’

KABUL — More than 1,300 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year, mostly by Taliban insurgents, a leading Afghan rights group said Sunday. Taliban militants were responsible for about 68 percent of the 1,325 deaths while Afghan and NATO troops were to blame for 23 percent, Afghanistan’s…

Report: Some mentally ill detainees deported were US citizens

Human Rights Watch report details legal woes of mentally ill detainees facing deportation. Thousands of mentally disabled immigrants are entangled in deportation proceedings each year with little or no legal help, leaving them distraught, defenseless and detained as their fates are decided. Their plight is detailed in a report issued…

Doctors seek probe of alleged CIA torture experiments

WASHINGTON — Human rights groups filed a complaint seeking an investigation into allegations that CIA-led medical personnel conducted research experiments on terror detainees after the September 11 attacks. As RAW STORY reported Monday: A new report by the watchdog group Physicians for Human Rights alleges Monday that the Bush Administration…

Report says doctors helped refine harsh methods

A prominent physicians group is charging that medical personnel were used to test and refine the effectiveness of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques for terror detainees in U.S. custody under the guise of safeguarding their health. Physicians for Human Rights outlined the allegations stemming from a Bush-era interrogation program…

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