Weekly World: Top Five Human Rights News Stories

By Francoise Makanda
  • A pro-military party in Burma won yesterday following the country’s first election in 20 years. The party won 80% of the vote. Doubt over the election results resonated around the world, especially in Canada. Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon issued the following statement last Sunday:

“The Government of Canada has been following the electoral process in Burma with great concern. Canada repeatedly called on the Burmese regime to conduct a free, fair, inclusive and transparent electoral process in line with international standards and democratic principles. We made it clear that without the unconditional release of all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi, and genuine dialogue with members of the opposition and ethnic groups in Burma, the election could not be considered credible.”

  • Even a memoir can get you into some trouble. Former US president George W. Bush has been heavily criticized over his claim in his memoir titled, “Decision Points” that the use of “waterboarding” has prevented a terrorist attack in Britain and US, the AFP reports. The US government, however, maintains that “waterboarding” is considered torture. Bush said in an interview with The New York Times that: “using those techniques saved lives”.
  • Many politicians around the world will meet in the United States next year to convince major internet companies to help fight against anti-Semitism, the Globe and Mail reports. The Inter-Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism (ICCA) wants to implement measures that would:

a) Put an end to hateful propaganda in places like universities.

b) Stop the growth of criticism of Israel and its policies

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