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  • John Brennan, President Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser, refused to answer questions about whether the video unfairly capitalizes on bin Laden's death. (Associated Press)

    Rights groups hit Brennan's defense of 'legal' drone strikes

    Human rights advocates were underwhelmed by the spirited defense of lethal drone strikes offered by President Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser on Monday.


  • Backlash over Labor Department's decision to drop family farm proposal

    As many across the heartland applauded the decision, some human-rights activists had harsh words for the Labor Departments withdrawal last week of a proposal for stricter labor standards for youth who work on the nations family farms.


  • Rights groups decry 'torture' of Kazakh detainees

    Human rights officials are calling for the suspension of a trial of more than three dozen people who say they were tortured after being arrested for taking part in protests in Kazakhstan.


  • Illustration by John Camejo for The Washington Times

    BURNETT AND EVENSON: Other half of the Kony equation

    The African Union last month announced a plan to improve coordination to end atrocities by Joseph Kony's Ugandan rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Efforts to arrest Kony and other LRA leaders wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and to end LRA abuses are needed urgently. But that is only half of the picture; addressing the legacy of the LRA and Ugandan army abuses is the other.


  • Mourners attend the funeral of victims of a suicide bombing in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, March 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

    Rights group accuses some Syrian rebels of abuses

    An international human rights group on Tuesday accused some in Syria's armed opposition of carrying out serious abuses, including the kidnapping and torture of security forces, in a sign of the growing complexity of the year-old uprising against President Bashar Assad.


  • Syrian rebels take position during clashes with government forces in Idlib, Syria, on Sunday, March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    Syrian forces take rebel stronghold near Turkey

    The Syrian army has recaptured the northern rebel stronghold of Idlib near the Turkish border, a major base that military defectors had held for months, a pro-government newspaper and an activist group said Tuesday.


  • Turkish riot police stand guard as Kurdish protesters gather for a demonstration in Istanbul on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the 1999 capture of Abdullah Ocalan, then head of the Kurdish rebel group PKK. (Associated Press)

    Kurdish conflict takes toll on Turkey's image

    Turkey's regional status as a democratic role model is being threatened by the Muslim country's 30-year conflict with Kurds, which now is pushing Turkey toward violent upheaval.


  • **FILE** A man suspected of being a Gadhafi loyalist shows wounds on his feet Sept. 22, 2011, at a detention facility in Misrata, Libya. (Associated Press)

    Rights group: Libyan ex-diplomat tortured to death

    Libya's former ambassador to France died after being tortured by a Tripoli-based revolutionary militia, a human rights group said Friday.


  • In this citizen journalism image provide by the Local Coordination Committees in Syria and released Feb. 1, 2012, an anti-Syrian regime protester holds an Arabic poster that reads, "tomorrow we shall remember a year's passing since the birth of death," as she walks during a demonstration in Idlib Province, north Syria. (Associated Press/Local Coordination Committees in Syria)

    Rights group says Syrian forces target children

    Syrian forces have detained and tortured children as young as 13 as President Bashar Assad's regime tries to crush a nearly 11-month-old uprising, Human Rights Watch said Friday, as fresh clashes erupted between regime troops and rebels in the country's south.


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