World Press Archive
2009-05-06 / CanWest News Service (Canada)
Oppressors running for UN rights council: Groups
UNITED NATIONS — Leading human-rights groups warned Tuesday that three countries they have dubbed the "worst of the worst" for human-rights violations are running unopposed for re-election to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
While Canada is exiting the council after a three-year term, China, Cuba and Saudi Arabia seek to hold their seats in the Geneva-based body, which the UN bills as its leading arbiter of human rights standards.
"These three are countries whose populations suffer every day," said Paula Schriefer, advocacy director with Washington-based Freedom House. "They should be targets of Human Rights Council resolutions and special (investigatory) sessions, not running for election."
The group includes the three in its Worst of the Worst 2009 report released Tuesday with Geneva-based UN Watch.
They are among 17 countries the report says are the most oppressive in terms of denying political rights and civil liberties. ...more
2013-04-22 / The Miami Herald
U.S.: Short-term detentions in Cuba reach record levels
Cuba saw a record number of “politically motivated and at times violent short-term detentions” during 2012, according to the U.S. State Department’s “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,” which was released Friday...more
2013-04-18 / The Washington Post
Cuba’s Ladies in White due in Brussels to receive 2005 Sakharov human rights award
Members of Cuba’s Ladies in White opposition group will finally pick up Europe’s top human rights prize from 2005 in person next week in Belgium, the European Union and the daughter of the group’s former leader said Wednesday...more
2013-04-16 / The Washington Post
Cuba avoids oil cutoff for now as Chavez ally narrowly wins Venezuela presidential election
Cubans were relieved Monday by the announcement that the late leader Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor had been elected Venezuela’s new president, apparently allowing their country to dodge a threatened cutoff of billions of dollars in subsidized oil...more