» 03/27/2007, 00.00
UNITED NATIONS – UZBEKISTAN
UN stops examining human right violations in Iran and Uzbekistan
Following a recommendation of a majority on Human Rights Council, the open examination of the human rights situation in Iran and Uzbekistan is brought to an end. Human Rights Watch protests the move, accusing the UN of legitimising the increasing human rights violations in the two countries.
Uzbekistan expels Human Rights Watch
HRW reports a “deepening” human rights crisis in the country. Violence and arrests of opponents and human rights defenders are systemic. Torture is routine in prisons. The West is more interested in Uzbek gas than in human rights.
U.S. soldiers return to Uzbek bases
Uzbekistan is resuming relations with the United States and the European Union. The West has interests in the country's energy and its strategic position. The massacre of Andijan appears increasingly far away and forgotten.
03/07/2009 MYANMAR – UNITED NATIONS
Ban Ki-moon in Myanmar to seek Aung San Suu Kyi’s release
The United Nations secretary general is set to meet the military regime’s strongman to ask for the release of more than 2,000 political prisoners as well as free and fair elections. He might meet opposition and Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi whose trial has been postponed to 10 July.
15/01/2009 ASIA – USA – EU
Human Rights Watch slams world government for putting human rights on the backburner
The World Report 2009 lists violations in more than 90 countries. The Bush administration is accused of “hypocrisy; the European Union of having abdicated its responsibilities in defending human rights. The report also slams countries like China, India and Russia that use the language of human rights to support dictatorships and oppressors.
11/02/2009 CHINA – UNITED NATIONS
UN asks about human rights, China’s answer is economics
Beijing denies rights violations, hiding behind improvements resulting from economic development. Experts note however that the economic crisis cut the few rights workers have. Now member state representatives are set to issue recommendations.
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