You’d think there were worse human rights violations that Amnesty International could focus on rather than the imprisoning of radical Islamic terrorists at Gitmo.
12 Iranian labor leaders were sentenced to 91 days in jail and 10 lashes for holding a union rally on May Day last year.
The U.S., China and Russia have allowed human rights violations at home and failed to halt abuses in places such as Sudan’s Darfur region, Afghanistan, the Gaza Strip, Iraq and Myanmar, Amnesty International said.
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The U.S. has used
“breathtaking legal obfuscation” to curtail the rights of inmates at detention centers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Bagram, Afghanistan, and in Iraq, the London-based group said in its 2008 report. The European Union was criticized for the failure of some members to investigate “extraordinary rendition,” the U.S. practice of secretly transferring terrorism suspects to other countries.
The report also focused on the records of administrations in emerging economies. China, which supports the governments in Sudan and Myanmar, has failed to live up to the promises it made on human rights ahead of the Beijing Olympics, the group said. Russia was also upbraided for suppressing dissent and for human rights abuses in Chechnya.
Last year “was characterized by the impotence of Western governments and the ambivalence or reluctance of emerging powers to tackle some of the world’s worst human rights crises,” Amnesty Secretary-General Irene Khan said in a statement accompanying the report.