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  • 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.


  • Libya gets reprieve on extradition of Gadhafi son to ICC

    The International Criminal Court on Tuesday gave Libya's leaders two more weeks to decide whether they plan to hand over Moammar Gadhafi's most prominent son, Seif al-Islam, to face trial on charges of crimes against humanity.


  • This image made from amateur video and released by Ugarit News Group on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, purports to show a Syrian military tank in Homs, Syria. (AP Photo/Ugarit News Group via APTN)

    Syrian troops open fire on protesters despite visit by Arab League monitors

    Syrian security forces fired on thousands of anti-government protesters in the central city of Hama on Wednesday and killed at least six people, according to activists, as Arab League monitors on a mission to end the regime's crackdown on dissent visited another flashpoint city nearby.


  • **FILE** Ethnic Uzbeks walk on Uzbekistan territory on June 18, 2010, after crossing the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border near the southern city of Osh as Uzbek border guards look on. (Associated Press)

    Human rights report alleges torture, abuse in Uzbekistan

    Human rights officials expressed concern this week over the widespread use of torture in Uzbek prisons and called on Western governments to impose sanctions on and end dealings with the former Soviet republic's autocratic regime.


  • Daughter of Uzbek leader's fashion show canceled

    The producers of New York's Fashion Week have canceled a show scheduled for next week by the daughter of the president of Uzbekistan amid pressure from a human rights group and a planned protest over the use of child labor in her country.


  • Rights group: Forced labor in Vietnam drug centers

    An international human rights group urged Vietnam to shut down drug rehabilitation centers that it said subject inmates to abuse and forced labor. It also called Wednesday on international donors to check the programs they fund inside the centers for possible ties to human rights violations.


  • Libyan women and children shout as a bus of journalists on a government-sponsored tour pass by in the village of Assabaa, 75 miles southwest of Tripoli, Libya, on Sunday, July 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

    Rights group: Libyan rebels loot seized towns

    Libyan rebels fighting to oust Col. Moammar Gadhafi have looted shops and clinics and torched the homes of suspected regime supporters in some of the towns they seized in the country's western mountains, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.


  • **FILE** Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth (Associated Press)

    Human Rights Watch chief: bin Laden killing not 'justice'

    The executive director of Human Rights Watch criticized United Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for calling the killing of Osama bin Laden an act of justice, saying that the Al Qaeda leader was denied due process.


  • ** FILE ** In this image made from television, demonstrators march in Daraa, Syria, Friday, April 8, 2011. Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Daraa on Friday, a city in the south of Syria that has become a flashpoint for anti-government demonstrations. (AP Photo)

    Opposition figure: 2 Syrian villages under attack

    Pro-government gunmen launched an attack on two villages in Syria's northeast on Tuesday, two days after security forces shot dead four protesters in the same region, a leading Syrian opposition figure said.


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