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Last month a court in American Samoa ordered a garment factory to pay $3.5
million to 270 workers from China and Vietnam. The court described workers
cheated of wages, beaten and deprived of food, something that should never
have occurred anywhere, much less on American...

Editorial Desk
May 10, 2002

Forget for a moment what Jimmy Carter's visit to Cuba will do for the
island, and think instead about what it will do for America.

For 40 years U.S. policy toward Cuba has been the laughingstock of the
world. For 10 straight years, the United Nations has voted to condemn the...

By Anya Landau
May 10, 2002

BOGOTA - The United States suspended administrative funding to
Colombia's counter-narcotics police, and six of the unit's top
officers were fired after the discovery that at least $2 million in
U.S. aid was missing, U.S. and Colombian officials said Thursday.

"We...

By Sibylla Brodzinski and Tim Johnson
May 10, 2002

Corporate oil development often serves as the hub of an axis around which revolve
such contentious issues as environmental degradation, indigenous land right
conflicts, military protectionism, and corporate welfare. All of these elements
converge in...

by William Baue
May 10, 2002

For some time, the MST and various other rural movements have denounced as a
farce the Agrarian Reform of FHC. However, it is only now, at the end of Cardoso’s
government, that the media has begun to denounce it. As such, this April the
newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo ran a series...

May 10, 2002

For some time, the MST and various other rural movements have denounced as a
farce the Agrarian Reform of FHC. However, it is only now, at the end of Cardoso’s
government, that the media has begun to denounce it. As such, this April the
newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo ran a series...

MST Update #14
May 10, 2002

San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas. The inter-institutional environmental
table, which coordinates federal and state governments activities "in order
to resolve the denunciation of seizure and ecological damages and the
possible relocation-...

By Hermann Bellinghausen
May 8, 2002

BELLAVISTA, Colombia, May 8 -- Through the night and toward dawn last
Thursday, St. Paul the Apostle Church rang with prayer and song as a battle raged
outside in the darkness. More than 300 townspeople filled Bellavista's only
concrete building to...

By Scott Wilson
May 8, 2002

Cubará - Boyacá, Colombia -- The millennial and historic U'wa Indigenous People
of Colombia situated in
the departments of Casanare, Arauca, Boyacá, Santander and Norte de
Santander, through this statement would like to express thanks from our
hearts for the total and...

May 7, 2002

The Supreme Court on Tuesday began a marathon period of sessions to meet
with lawyers for the 321 municipalities and state governments seeking to
block a constitutional amendment for indigenous rights.

The procedural meetings mark the end of each case's...

By Jason Lange
May 7, 2002

Not only has Israel been allowed to prevent a United Nations
investigation into serious allegations of war crimes in Jenin by
Israeli troops, it has placed Yasser Arafat in a daunting position. He
is now seen to have benefited, personally and politically...

By Hussein Ibish
May 6, 2002

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (Reuters) - The International Coffee Organization (ICO) will
present a plan to the World Bank and the Interamerican Development Bank in the
coming week to help coffee growers diversify their farms, the group's top executive
said over...

By Pav Jordan
May 6, 2002

The Supreme Court will start hearing next Monday the hundreds of
constitutional challenges to the Indigenous Rights Law, passed by
Congress last year.

The high court said it would set aside half an hour of hearings for
each of the 321 challenges,...

May 4, 2002

CONCLUSIONS:

Personnel in the Human Rights section of the US Embassy are insufficiently
trained to carry out effective work in defense of human rights. Current
staff are entry level with insufficient training or experience to carry out
the delicate and difficult work....

May 3, 2002

INTRODUCTION

The shocking assassination of our colleague, human rights lawyer Digna Ochoa
y Plácido, in October 2001 had a profound effect on all those connected to
her and her work.
In the wake of the tragedy, human rights groups committed to carefully
monitor the...

May 3, 2002

Los Angeles - At its annual shareholder meeting today, Occidental
Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) announced its plans to return to the Colombian
government its controversial Siriri oil block (formally Samore), located
on the traditional territory of the U'wa people...

May 3, 2002

Earlier, aides to the detained opposition leader were optimistic
that she would be released soon and without preconditions.

However, sources in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, have
since told CNN that any release may not happen for weeks.

Furthermore, there has still...

Tom Mintier
May 2, 2002

WASHINGTON -- State and local authorities are worried that a
section of federal trade law that can allow foreign companies to
bypass local environmental, health and zoning regulations could be
included in new trade agreements.

That provision of the North American Free...

Susan Roth
May 2, 2002

Washington, May 2 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation, over the Bush administration's objections, urging the Asian Development Bank and other lenders to prevent poor countries from charging school or health fees. The legislation, approved yesterday, also calls on...

By Mark Drajem
May 2, 2002

Washington, May 2 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. House of
Representatives passed legislation, over the Bush
administration's objections, urging the Asian Development
Bank and other lenders to prevent poor countries from
charging school or health fees.

The legislation,...

By Mark Drajem
May 2, 2002