Posts Tagged ‘Asia’

No One, in the US or Sri Lanka, Should Be Above the Law

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

[Human Rights Watch]

In a report released last month Human Rights Watch called on the US government to launch criminal investigations into allegations of detainee abuse authorized by senior Bush administration officials. The 107-page report, “Getting Away with Torture: The Bush Administration and Mistreatment of Detainees,” presents substantial information warranting criminal investigations of former President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and CIA Director George Tenet, for ordering practices such as “waterboarding,” the use of secret CIA prisons, and the transfer of detainees to countries where they were tortured. Such acts violated the Convention against Torture, the Geneva Conventions, and other international treaties binding on the United States.

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Violence hits Bible College in Sri Lanka

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

[Mission Network News]

The volatile situation at Gospel for Asia’s Sri Lanka Bible College is escalating as a local elected official and a small group of Buddhist monks are falsely accusing the school of being a front for the Tamil Tigers. Founder and President of Gospel for Asia KP Yohannan describes what happened over the weekend. “One of the elected political officials who is very much anti-Christian came (to our campus) with a loaded gun, and a whole bunch of people with him threatened to kill our students and rape our female students, and they demanded our school be closed down.”

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Human rights abuses in Asia come under US fire

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

[AFP]

The United States ranked North Korea and Myanmar Tuesday among the world’s worst violators of human rights and took other Asian countries to task for alleged abuses. In Sri Lanka, it said, “the government’s respect for human rights continued to decline due in part to the escalation of the armed conflict,” with the ethnic Tamil minority the “overwhelming majority of victims” of abuses. It cited major problems like extrajudicial killings of persons in custody, disappearances, and torture and rape by police and other security forces.

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