- The Washington Times - Friday, April 20, 2001

Cuba is condemned by rights agency
GENEVA — A U.N. Human Rights Commission has criticized Cuba for its human rights record, acting on the same day that it refused to condemn China on the same grounds.
A resolution condemning Cubas human rights record passed by a margin of 22-to-20 with 10 abstentions.
Czech Republic Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Palous, whose country proposed the resolution, said Cuba was exploiting fears of reported foreign "aggression" — an apparent reference to the United States — to "keep the status quo at any cost."
Meanwhile at Playa Giron, site of the failed bid by U.S.-trained exiles to overthrow President Fidel Castro, the president yesterday saluted the veterans and victims of Cubas Cold War triumph in 1961 at the Bay of Pigs.

Israel draws rebuke on Jewish settlements

GENEVA — The U.N. Human Rights Commission voted 50-1 Wednesday to censure Israel for allowing Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories, with only the United States taking Israels side.
In the resolution censuring Israel, the commission expressed "grave concern" at "the expropriation of land, the demolition of houses, the confiscation of property the expulsion of Palestinians."
The measure was bitterly opposed by Israel, which is a nonvoting observer of the commission. Israeli Ambassador Yaakov Levy said settlements were a difficult issue that could be resolved only in Palestinian-Israeli negotiations and that the "one-sided" resolution prejudged the outcome of the talks.

Benin detains captain of suspected slave ship

COTONOU, Benin — Police in Benin have detained the captain and some of the crew of a ship that set off a frantic search for child slaves along the coast of western Africa.
The move came just hours after police arrived late Wednesday and discovered that Nigerian Capt. Lawrence Onome was not aboard the MV Etireno despite orders not to leave, chief ships mate Morris Emonena said yesterday.
Mr. Emonena and other witnesses said police waited for Capt. Onome and then arrested him and some other crew members.


Injured U.S. journalist heads back home

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — An American journalist left for the United States yesterday for treatment of an eye injury suffered in a skirmish between Sri Lanka troops and Tamil separatists.
Marie Colvin, 44, a native of Oyster Bay, N.Y., who works for Britains Sunday Times, sustained shrapnel wounds to her eye, head, chest and arms on Monday.
"She left to have her eye attended to," said Stephen Holgate, U.S. Embassy spokesman in Colombo.

Buyoya hits officers who sparked coup

BUJUMBURA, Burundi — President Pierre Buyoya, who rose to power twice through coups himself, yesterday condemned the army officers who tried to oust him.
"It is sad and surprising that certain people still have the mentality when the peace process has brought us so far," Mr. Buyoya, a former army major, said on his return from Gabon 24 hours after the attempted coup failed.
Mr. Buyoya went to Gabon for talks with the leader of the main Hutu rebel group fighting to oust his Tutsi-dominated government.

Humpback whale frolics off Greece

ATHENS — The rare sight of a young humpback whale frolicking in the sea off southern Greece has specialists scrambling to document the visit of the wayward wanderer.
The endangered humpbacks are normally found in the open ocean. Only a few have been reported passing through the Strait of Gibraltar to enter the Mediterranean Sea.
The humpback, measuring about 35 feet, is estimated to be about 4 or 5 years old and appeared to be in good health, said marine biologist Emilia Drouga, who heads Delphis, the Greek Society for the Study and Protection of Dolphins and Whales.

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