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  • U.S. President Barack Obama and Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, R, speak during a press conference at her residence in Yangon on November 14, 2014.  Obama began talks with Suu Kyi, in a show of support for the opposition leader as the nation turns towards elections next year with uncertainty over the direction of reforms. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
    December 12, 2014   BY Matthew Pennington, Associated Press 

    WASHINGTON — Human rights advocates and some lawmakers say the United States is sending the wrong signal by opening the door for broader engagement with Myanmar’s widely criticized military just weeks after President Barack Obama assured opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi that closer ties weren’t going to happen soon. Continue reading

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    July 29, 2014  

    A new report by Human Rights Watch and the ACLU says the American government has overstepped its boundaries in clamping down on the work of reporters and their sources. Jeffrey Brown gets debate on the findings from Dana Priest of The Washington Post and Stewart Baker, former senior official at the Department of Homeland Security. Continue reading

  • October 22, 2013  

    Two human rights groups claim that U.S. drone attacks targeting terrorists have killed dozens of innocent civilians abroad, despite promises from the president to limit strikes that cause unintended casualties. Mustafa Qadri of Amnesty International, the author of one report, and retired Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap join Gwen Ifill. Continue reading

  • October 11, 2013  

    In our news wrap Friday, rebels in Syria are being accused of killing at least 190 civilians and kidnapping hundreds of others in attacks on Aug. 4. Human Rights Watch says Islamist groups led the attacks. Also, Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan to revive security talks with President Karzai. Continue reading

  • May 1, 2012  

    Since the 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square, American presidents of both parties have struggled to balance criticism of Chinese abuses with other interests. Judy Woodruff discusses the Obama administration’s dealings with China with the Brookings Institution’s Kenneth Lieberthal and Human Rights Watch’s Sophie Richardson. Continue reading

  • November 18, 2011  

    In an effort to warm relations between the U.S. and the Asian nation of Myanmar, President Obama announced he will send Secretary of State Hillary Clinton there next month. Margret Warner discusses the renewed ties with retired Foreign Service officer Priscilla Clapp and Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch. Continue reading