President Barack Obama will raise China’s human rights abuses during his meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Friday in California, according to a White House official.
Human rights and press freedom advocates are sounding the alarm on an effort by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa to undermine an international watchdog charged with ensuring freedom of the press.
A United Nations investigator said Tuesday that Iran has attempted to stifle dissent in the country, cracking down on journalists, rights activists, and lawyers, according to the New York Times.
The government of former Khmer Rouge commander Hun Sen carried out a major political crackdown in Cambodia in the months leading up to this week’s East Asia Summit as President Barack Obama met with the leader in Phnom Penh.
Burmese dissidents and human rights observers say President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Burma will confer undue legitimacy on a non-democratic government that continues to restrict freedoms and engage in ethnic cleansing.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said that he would only back a Russian trade bill if it came with new guarantees of human rights and blasted President Obama for refusing to do the same.
The news that Wall Street megabank Goldman Sachs may have tried to torpedo a human rights bill pertaining to Russia provoked a reaction from the financial giant, which maintains it never paid a prominent D.C. lobbying firm $100,000 to rally opposition to the legislation.
Goldman Sachs bank appears to have paid a prominent D.C. lobbying firm $100,000 to torpedo a human rights bill that would deny U.S. visas to, and freeze the assets of, Russian citizens involved in human rights abuses, according to lobbying disclosure forms.
Democracy advocates and U.S. lawmakers are pressuring the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) to cancel a championship event hosted by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, a dictator who oppresses his citizens in the nation that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has described as “the last true remaining dictatorship in the heart of Europe.”