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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today fulfilled one tradition associated with royal tours to Canada whose origin goes back decades – tree planting.
Their Royal Highnesses followed in the footsteps of a long line of royal couples who have planted trees as a living memento of their visit to the Commonwealth country.
The list of previous members of the monarchy who have turned gardener and used a spade to help set a young tree on its way stretches back more than 70 years.
The Duke’s great-grandparents George VI and Queen Elizabeth, The …

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[24 Jun 2011 | No Comment | 27,890]

(New York) – Yemeni authorities should immediately reveal the whereabouts of a southern Yemeni opposition leader and his son who were forcibly disappeared in February 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch expressed grave concern for the health of Hassan Baoum, an ailing leader of Yemen’s separatist Southern Movement, and believes authorities may be holding the two men solely because of their political views.
“Four months after masked Yemeni security forces snatched Hassan Baoum and his son from a hospital, their family has been told nothing of their fate,” …

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[24 Jun 2011 | No Comment | 27,737]

(New York) – The Chinese government’s invitation to Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir is an affront to victims of heinous crimes committed in Darfur, Human Rights Watch said today. Media reports indicated that al-Bashir will travel to China on June 27, 2011, at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, to discuss Sudan’s relationship with China and promoting peace in Sudan.
In 2009 and 2010, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for al-Bashir on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Sudan has persistently obstructed the ICC’s …

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(Istanbul) – The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government should put human rights reforms, starting with a new constitution, at the top of its agenda for its third term, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an. The letter from Kenneth Roth, the executive director, also says the new government should uphold the rights of Turkish Kurds, strengthen women’s rights, and end an overly restrictive policy on access to the internet and stop blocking access to certain websites.
“If the Justice and Development Party is …

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[24 Jun 2011 | No Comment | 26,744]

(Istanbul) – The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government should put human rights reforms, starting with a new constitution, at the top of its agenda for its third term, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an. The letter from Kenneth Roth, the executive director, also says the new government should uphold the rights of Turkish Kurds, strengthen women’s rights, and end an overly restrictive policy on access to the internet and stop blocking access to certain websites.
“If the Justice and Development Party is …