rights and democracy

Maldives threatens to pull out from Commonwealth


September 12th, 2012 - 7:57 pm ICT by IANS
Male, Sep 12 (IANS) The Maldives Wednesday threatened to pull out from the Commonwealth if the group's disciplinary body continues to "bully" the Indian Ocean island nation, Xinhua reported.Maldives government ... Read more...

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UN concerned over drone attacks in Pakistan


June 19th, 2012 - 2:20 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, June 19 (IANS) Navanethem Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has expressed concern over the continuing use of armed drones in Pakistan's northwest tribal region as it ... Read more...

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British report on Russian human rights termed partial


May 6th, 2012 - 10:05 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, May 6 (IANS) A report on human rights in Russia, prepared by the British Foreign Office, has been termed by Moscow as "not impartial and open minded" and that ... Read more...

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Decision to hold next CHOGM in Sri Lanka criticised


October 30th, 2011 - 7:50 pm ICT by IANS
Perth, Oct 30 (IANS) The decision to go ahead with the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in 2013 is "contrary to the association's fundamental values ... Read more...

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Nobel laureate Maathai’s death mourned


September 26th, 2011 - 8:10 pm ICT by IANS
Nairobi (Nigeria), Sep 26 (IANS) The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Monday mourned the death of Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai, who died of cancer here Sunday night.Maathai was awarded the ... Read more...

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US asks Russia to review refusal to register party


July 29th, 2011 - 11:15 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 29 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The US has asked Russia to re-examine a decision not to allow an opposition party to take part in the upcoming parliamentary polls, a US ... Read more...

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Royalists seek fresh election in Nepal


April 26th, 2011 - 5:32 pm ICT by IANS
Kathmandu, April 26 (IANS) Nepal's only royalist party Tuesday fired a salvo at the struggling government, warning it would not allow the deadline for framing the new constitution to be ... Read more...

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Activists say two killed in Tibetan monastery crackdown


April 23rd, 2011 - 10:48 pm ICT by BNO News
BEIJING (BNO NEWS) -- Two elderly Tibetans were killed after Chinese police raided a Buddhist monastery located in the Ngaba area of the country's southwestern province of Sichuan, activists said Saturday.The US-based ... Read more...

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Binayak Sen awarded human rights prize


April 22nd, 2011 - 8:06 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Activist Binayak Sen, who last week got bail from the Supreme Court in a case of sedition, has been awarded a prestigious South Korean award ... Read more...

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Pak, UK to initiate ‘enhanced strategic dialogue’ during Cameron’s Islamabad trip


April 3rd, 2011 - 12:18 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, April 3(ANI): Pakistan and the United Kingdom will initiate an 'enhanced strategic dialogue' when British Prime Minister David Cameron visits Islamabad for a one-day trip on Tuesday.Cameron is scheduled to ... Read more...

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UK report paints dismal picture of Pak in critical areas in 2010


April 1st, 2011 - 5:45 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 1(ANI): British Foreign Secretary William Hague has launched the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office's 2010 Human Rights and Democracy report, which shows that Pakistan made little progress in key areas ... Read more...

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Chinese online activists charged with subversion over calls for Jasmine revolution


February 25th, 2011 - 5:54 pm ICT by ANI
Beijing, Feb 25 (ANI): Three Chinese online activists have reportedly been charged with subversion for re-posting calls for a Jasmine revolution on the Internet.The arrests are an indication of China's crackdown ... Read more...

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Unrest spreads in Arab world, scalds China (Intro Roundup)


February 20th, 2011 - 11:37 pm ICT by IANS
Tripoli/Manama/Sana'a/Amman/Beijing, Feb 20 (IANS) The Arab world continued to be rocked by defiant anti-government protests Sunday, with the toll in Libya said to cross 200. The stir also spread to Morocco ... Read more...

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Arab world unrest spreads, scalds China (Roundup)


February 20th, 2011 - 7:52 pm ICT by IANS
Tripoli/Manama/Beijing, Feb 20 (IANS) Defiant anti-government protests continued to rock the Arab world Sunday, with the toll in Libya topping 100, while it spread to Morocco and for the first time, ... Read more...

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Protesters gather in Beijing, Shanghai


February 20th, 2011 - 6:45 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Feb 20 (IANS) Hundreds of people gathered Sunday in China's major cities of Beijing and Shanghai but were dispersed by police in both places.In Beijing, people gathered in front of a ... Read more...

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Human rights situation worsening in Tibet, says NGO


January 13th, 2011 - 2:28 pm ICT by IANS
Dharamsala, Jan 13 (IANS) The human rights situation has worsened in Tibet, with the Chinese government cracking down on singers, writers and environmentalists, an NGO of Tibetan exiles said here Thursday."The Chinese ... Read more...

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India’s Nobel stand not a bilateral issue with China: Krishna


December 9th, 2010 - 8:41 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Ahead of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit here next week, India Thursday downplayed its decision to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo for Chinese dissident ... Read more...

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Nobel to Chinese dissident: Indian envoy awaits Delhi orders


December 8th, 2010 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) With China unrelenting on the issue of stapled visas for Indian residents of Jammu and Kashmir, India has decided to attend the ceremony to award the Nobel ... Read more...

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Democracy Activist Aung San Suu Kyi Released


November 14th, 2010 - 8:49 pm ICT by GD
By Gina Gomez Yangon, Nov 14, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Former General Secretary of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest on Saturday. The democracy activist was under ... Read more...

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Four dead in knife attack at China kindergarten


August 4th, 2010 - 2:38 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Aug 4 (DPA) At least four children died and 12 stabbed in an attack at a kindergarten in eastern China's Shandong province, reports said Wednesday. The attacker, who was armed with a ... Read more...

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Tibetans condemn death sentence awarded by China


June 4th, 2010 - 10:35 pm ICT by ANI
Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), June 4 (ANI): Tibetans-in-exile voiced their deep concern in Himachal Pradesh's Dharamsala city on Friday over the Chinese Government's decision to award capital punishment to a Tibetan and lengthy ... Read more...

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Hundreds protest atrocities against minorities in Pakistan


June 4th, 2010 - 5:50 am ICT by IANS
London, June 4 (IANS) Hundreds of demonstrators from India, Nepal and Tibet gathered outside the European Parliament in Brussels Thursday and protested against "atrocities against minorities in Pakistan and Afghanistan". The protest was ... Read more...

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Tibetans hail Obama-Dalai Lama meet


February 19th, 2010 - 9:30 pm ICT by ANI
Dharamshala, Feb 19 (ANI): The Tibetan Government-in-exile on Friday hailed US President Barack Obama for his support to preserve Tibetan identity and respect their human rights.Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai ... Read more...

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Tibetan body releases annual report on human rights


January 23rd, 2010 - 2:29 pm ICT by ANI
Dharamsala, Jan 23 (ANI): The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) has released its 2009 annual report which focuses on various spheres of human rights violations in Tibet: Civil and ... Read more...

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‘300 arrested in Tibet in 2009; still in detention’


January 22nd, 2010 - 9:59 pm ICT by IANS
Dharamsala, Jan 22 (IANS) Around 300 people, "arbitrarily" arrested in Tibet last year, are still under detention, the Tibetan government-in-exile said here in its report Friday. "In 2009, some 300 Tibetans were arbitrarily ... Read more...

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Tibetan monks, nuns hold 12-hour hunger strike in Dharamshala


October 25th, 2009 - 9:47 pm ICT by ANI
Dharamshala, Oct 25(ANI): Tibetan monks and nuns residing at Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh are outraged over the alleged execution of four Tibetan activists by the Chinese administration over their role in last ... Read more...

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China executes four Tibetans for 2008 Lhasa riots, claims NGO


October 23rd, 2009 - 11:25 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) China has reportedly executed four Tibetans this week for taking part in the unrest in Lhasa last year, according to a Dharamsala-based Tibetan human rights group. As per ... Read more...

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China secretly executes four Tibetan protesters for role in Lhasa riots: Report


October 23rd, 2009 - 2:15 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct. 23 (ANI): China has reportedly executed four Tibetan protesters, including one woman, in connection with last year's deadly riots in Lhasa.The first ever-reported judicial killings of Tibetans in China have ... Read more...

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Suu Kyi backs Obama’s policy shift of talks with Burmese junta


September 25th, 2009 - 1:31 pm ICT by ANI
Yangon (Myanmar), Sep 25(ANI): Detained Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has backed the Obama administration's initiative to carry out talks with Burma's rulers.Suu Kyi comments came after indications from US ... Read more...

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China protests over Dalai Lama’s Prague visit


September 11th, 2009 - 12:26 am ICT by IANS
Prague, Sep 10 (DPA) China protested Thursday against a Prague visit by Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and Uighur human rights activist Rebiya Kadeer. They arrived in the Czech capital to ... Read more...

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Dharamsala releases video appeal about plight of Tibetans


August 29th, 2009 - 1:21 pm ICT by ANI
Dharamsala, Aug 29 (ANI): In an attempt to bring plight of the Tibetans to the notice of the international community, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) in Dharamsala has ... Read more...

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Iran to hold next NAM summit in 2012


July 16th, 2009 - 9:12 pm ICT by IANS
Cairo, July 16 (DPA) Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member states gathering in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh announced Thursday that the next summit will be held in Iran in 2012. "President ... Read more...

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UN secretary-general ‘deeply disappointed’ in Myanmar (Lead)


July 5th, 2009 - 12:24 am ICT by IANS
Yangon, July 4 (DPA) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Saturday called on Myanmar's junta to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to participate in politics. Ban was speaking after being denied ... Read more...

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China silent on anniversary of 1989 crackdown (Lead)


June 4th, 2009 - 6:58 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, June 4 (DPA) China's ruling Communist Party and most ordinary people ignored Thursday's 20th anniversary of a military crackdown on democracy protests as scores of activists were reportedly under house arrest ... Read more...

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Obama pledges US support to democracy, human rights


June 4th, 2009 - 6:21 pm ICT by IANS
Cairo, June 4 (DPA) In a much-anticipated speech to the world's Muslims from Cairo Thursday, US President Barack Obama said his government supports human rights and democracy. "America does not presume to ... Read more...

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