Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Economics of Human Rights: Premier Wen’s European Visit

At a press conference today in London, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced trade deals worth £1.4 billion ($2.33 billion), but economics wasn’t the only topic of discussion. When asked about whether he would raise the … Continue reading

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“A Historic Moment”

“A historic moment” are the words that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used to describe the recent passage of the United Nations resolution regarding human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In a statement, she remarked: … Continue reading

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All In A Day’s Work

What comes to mind when you think of the most dangerous professions? I think of the enormous risks that soldiers, coal miners, fishermen, police officers, and fire fighters take every day to do their jobs and to keep us safe. I’m … Continue reading

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In Hopes Of An Asian Spring

Six months ago today, we launched Free For All to focus on human rights issues in Radio Free Asia’s broadcast region. The day that we launched this blog was the 62nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. December 10th was … Continue reading

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Internet Access Is A Human Right, Says United Nations

Access to the Internet is a human right, according to a new report released by the United Nations. Disconnecting individuals or denying them Internet access is a violation of human rights and goes against international law. In the summary of … Continue reading

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Ready? Play.

China. Belarus. Two countries notoriously known for their human rights abuses, authoritarian governments and lack of a free press. These two countries usually don’t come up in a discussion about the world’s great athletes. Until now. At the French Open in Paris yesterday, two … Continue reading

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Chinese Democracy Advocate Sentenced Today

The Associated Press is just reporting that Li Shuangde,  a Chinese legal aid advocate who has pushed for freer elections, was sentenced today to four months in jail for credit card fraud. Rights groups say the charges were an excuse to punish … Continue reading

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