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“I was not born yet,” the Laotian child says after the reporter asks him if he knows where the unexploded submunition, lodged in the ground near his village, came from. Although only a child, the boy knows that cluster munition remnants are dangerous…
A sign indicating the presence of landmines hangs from a barbed wire fence inside the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea October 27, 2010.
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Last November, North Korea unilaterally announced an increase in workers’ wages paid by South Korean businesses at the jointly run Kaesong Industrial Complex, just north of the demilitarized zone. Pyongyang then told the companies in February that they…
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Greater Accountability Would Improve Development and Rights, Alleviate Poverty

(Washington, DC) - The United States should press for greater transparency and accountability in the global financial system at the G20 Summit meeting in Seoul, a coalition of civil society organizations said today. The G20 Advocacy Coalition brings…
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South Korea needs to step up and ask UNESCO why it honors such a man.

Imagine if the United Nations took money from Kim Jong-il and established a human rights award in his honor. No doubt many member states would be up in arms protesting such an outright mockery of the words "human rights." The nominees for the award…
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South Korean, Indian Investments May Lead to Complicity in Abuses

(New York) - Proposed pipeline construction from gas fields off the coast of Burma is expected to exacerbate serious human rights abuses in Burma, Human Rights Watch said today. Based on experience from previous oil and gas projects in Burma,…
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United States Gets Mixed Review

(New York) -- Eighteen Eighteen countries destroyed their stockpiles of antipersonnel mines in the past year, according to the annual global report by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), released today in Washington, D.C. In a year full of…
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(Washington) -- Nearly half of the antipersonnel mines retained by the United States for use in Korea are actually stored in the United States, Human Rights Watch revealed today. The need to keep these antipersonnel mines to defend South Korea is…
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  Despite the South Korean government’s June 1987 promise of reforms, there is a wide disparity between the rhetoric of democracy achieved and the reality of the retreat from reform. The government of President Roh Tae-Woo…