The judgments were made in the department’s annual assessment of human rights around the world released Thursday.
The department hailed “remarkable” improvements in Myanmar, with the releases of hundreds of political prisoners and the participation of its most famous former detainee, democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in elections.
The report criticized Sri Lanka for disappearances and killings by pro-government paramilitary groups despite the end of the island nation’s civil war in 2009.
Romney ad outlines first day of presidency
The ad promises that on his first day in the Oval Office, Mr. Romney will announce deficit reductions, ending what the campaign calls “the Obama era of big government.”
The ad also says Mr. Romney will repeal what it calls “job-killing regulations that are costing the economy billions.”
Prosecutor misconduct found in Stevens case
The Justice Department’s internal ethics watchdog said Thursday that two prosecutors in the bungled corruption case against Sen. Ted Stevens engaged in reckless professional misconduct by failing to disclose information favorable to the lawmaker, who eight days after his 2008 conviction lost re-election to the seat he held for 40 years.
The Office of Professional Responsibility, however, did not find that the misconduct was intentional.View Entire Story
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