Obama pressed over human rights


A leading advocacy group called today for US President-elect Barack Obama to put human rights at the centre of US foreign, domestic and security policy. The US-based Human Rights Watch called on Mr Obama to undo “the enormous damage” of the Bush administration. The group’s annual report criticises Israel and Hamas for what it calls a human rights crisis in Gaza. The report said Human Rights Watch had also documented abuses – including attacks on civilians – during conflicts in Afghanistan, Colombia, Congo, Georgia, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Sudan.

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