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Mar 8, 2013

Myanmar must face up to junta crimes – U.N. envoy

GENEVA (Reuters) – Myanmar must pursue crimes committed by the former junta but neither the quasi-civilian government nor opposition led by Aung San Suu Kyi have any appetite to do so for now, a United Nations investigator said on Friday.

Tomas Ojea Quintana, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said accountability for decades of violations was crucial for healing as well as for solidifying reforms.

Mar 8, 2013

Myanmar must face up to junta crimes, U.N. envoy says

GENEVA, March 8 (Reuters) – Myanmar must pursue crimes
committed by the former junta but neither the quasi-civilian
government nor opposition led by Aung San Suu Kyi have any
appetite to do so for now, a United Nations investigator said on
Friday.

Tomas Ojea Quintana, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights
in Myanmar, said accountability for decades of violations was
crucial for healing as well as for solidifying reforms.

Mar 7, 2013

China, Russia seek greater control of Internet: U.S.

GENEVA (Reuters) – China and Russia are buying increasingly powerful surveillance technologies to intercept communications and try to take control of the Internet, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

Alec Ross, the U.S. secretary of state’s senior adviser for innovation, said new players such as Thailand and Ukraine would determine the future shape of the Internet by deciding whether to open up globally or operate more closed national “Intranets”.

Mar 7, 2013

China, Russia seek greater control of Internet, U.S. says

GENEVA, March 7 (Reuters) – China and Russia are buying
increasingly powerful surveillance technologies to intercept
communications and try to take control of the Internet, a senior
U.S. official said on Thursday.

Alec Ross, the U.S. secretary of state’s senior adviser for
innovation, said new players such as Thailand and Ukraine would
determine the future shape of the Internet by deciding whether
to open up globally or operate more closed national “Intranets”.

Mar 7, 2013

Rakhine crisis risks spread, endangering Myanmar reforms – UN

GENEVA, March 7 (Reuters) – The crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine
state, where sectarian violence erupted last year, risks
spreading and endangering democratic reforms undertaken since
military rule ended in 2011, a U.N. investigator said on
Thursday.

Myanmar should release the remaining 250 political
prisoners, end torture by police and address root causes of
ethnic conflicts, the independent investigator Tomas Ojea
Quintana said.

Mar 7, 2013

North Korea blurs lines between prison camps, villages: Amnesty

GENEVA (Reuters) – North Korea has built a huge “security perimeter” around a camp for political prisoners, restricting movement in nearby villages as part of its “general repression” of its people, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

The reclusive country’s network of political prison camps is believed to hold at least 200,000 people and has been the scene of rapes, torture, executions and slave labor, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in January.

Mar 7, 2013

N.Korea blurs lines between prison camps, villages-Amnesty

GENEVA, March 7 (Reuters) – North Korea has built a huge
“security perimeter” around a camp for political prisoners,
restricting movement in nearby villages as part of its “general
repression” of its people, Amnesty International said on
Thursday.

The reclusive country’s network of political prison camps is
believed to hold at least 200,000 people and has been the scene
of rapes, torture, executions and slave labour, U.N. High
Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in January.

Mar 6, 2013

U.N. Human Rights Council holds minute’s silence for Chavez

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations’ main human rights forum observed a minute’s silence on Wednesday for the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez whose record it has often criticized over the years.

The U.N. Human Rights Council has voiced repeated concerns about freedom of expression, lack of independence of the judiciary, restrictions on activists, and arbitrary detentions in Venezuela under Chavez who died on Tuesday.

Mar 5, 2013

Britain says will release parts of secret report on rendition

GENEVA (Reuters) – Britain will publish parts of a confidential report on its role in the U.S. “rendition” of foreign terrorism suspects, its envoy to the main U.N. human rights forum said on Tuesday.

The announcement came in response to a demand from a special U.N. investigator that the United States and Britain publish their own findings on rendition, a policy used under former U.S. President George W. Bush to snatch suspected Islamist militants abroad and interrogate them in secret detention.

Mar 4, 2013

U.N. investigator urges U.S. to pursue Bush-era abuses

GENEVA, March 4 (Reuters) – A United Nations investigator
called on the United States on Monday to publish its findings on
the CIA’s Bush-era programme of rendition and secret detention
of terrorism suspects.

Ben Emmerson, U.N. special rapporteur on the promotion and
protection of human rights while countering terrorism, voiced
concern that while President Barack Obama’s administration has
rejected Central Intelligence Agency practices conducted under
his predecessor George W. Bush, there have been no prosecutions.