A daily digest highlighting events around the world.
Disappearances With Reported Ties to Pakistan Worry U.S.
New York Times
Preview: “The Obama administration is expressing alarm over reports that thousands of political separatists and captured Taliban insurgents have disappeared into the hands of Pakistan’s police and security forces, and that some may have been tortured or killed.”
Henry Kissinger’s Appalling Human Rights Record
Preview: “In light of Henry Kissinger’s comment, captured in the Nixon White House and released this month, that ‘if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern,’ Think Progress has compiled a brief history of the former secretary of state’s complicity in human rights abuses.”
Related: Washington Post’s Kissenger’s distortion
Human Rights Watch Says Zimbabwe’s Marange Diamonds Funding Mugabe Party
Voice of America
Preview: “Human Rights Watch has issued a report accusing Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s long-ruling ZANU-PF party of tapping proceeds from the illicit sale of diamonds from the Marange field to fund its campaign for anticipated 2011 elections.”
Related: Blood diamond by HRW
Human Rights Activist Gunned Down In Nigeria
Times of Nigeria
Preview: “Comrade Chidi Nwosu, President of Human Rights, Justice and Peace Foundation (HRJPF) a respected Aba-based Human Rights activist has been killed by gunmen in the early hours today, Wednesday, 29 December, 2010.”
There are many stories of human rights abuses to be told
Preview: “I keep humming two songs. The first is Buffalo Springfield’s For What It’s Worth. I’ve always liked its haunting refrain: ‘There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.’ That ditty describes what’s going on with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.”