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A report titled "Democracy is still buried", compiled by 11 Indonesian human rights organisations and alternative research groups, was released last month by the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation. As well as condemning widespread corruption and lack
Timor trials a travesty, says TAPOL By Norm Dixon TAPOL, the Indonesian Human Rights Campaign, has condemned the pending trials of seven East Timorese arrested in the aftermath of the Indonesian military's massacre of peaceful mourners at the
By Maxine Durand The world economy is currently experiencing a sluggishness which is giving increasing cause for concern. A recent editorial in the Economist, while attempting to be reassuring, was nevertheless entitled "Free fall?". It is
By Peter Annear in Prague For Poland's ruling elite it's the devil or the deep blue sea. If it relaxes the recessionary "stabilisation" program of the two previous governments, hyperinflation threatens. If it doesn't, the public backlash might
The leak last week of an Australian government document on corruption involving the family of Indonesian President Suharto tells only a small part of the story. A 300-page report on the human rights situation in Indonesia, released last month by
US Marine faces 7 year sentence By Jeff Mackler An outspoken antiwar fighter, Marine reservist Corporal Tahan Jones, faces frame-up charges of "desertion with intent to avoid hazardous duty and shirk important service". According to Jones'
Ok Tedi pollution slammed By Norm Dixon The BHP-controlled Ok Tedi gold and copper mine in Papua New Guinea's Western Province has been found guilty of seriously polluting the Ok Tedi and Fly rivers through its disregard for environmental
Voice of America to displace Sri Lankan villagers By Norm Dixon Iranawila and Pambala are two poverty-stricken fishing villages on north-western coast of Sri Lanka. The people living here have relied on the sea for survival since before
By Peter Annear in Prague A Hungarian law lifting the 20-year statute of limitations on former Communist Party administrators has been overruled. Judges of the constitutional court unanimously rejected the legislation referred to them by, among
By Russell Anderson and Sally Low GENEVA — Late in the evening of March 4, while many delegates were out of the room, the chairperson of the 48th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights read out an unsigned statement of

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