Human Rights Watch urges EU to take lead in fighting repression worldwide - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Human Rights Watch urges EU to take lead in fighting repression worldwide

(Washington-AP) Jan. 11, 2007 - An advocacy group says the US should step aside as the world's defender of human rights, and let the European Union take the lead.

In a new report released today, Human Rights Watch says America's image has been sullied by accusations about harsh treatment of terror suspects. As a result, the New York-based group says the US can no longer "credibly" be seen as an advocate for human rights around the world.

The nearly 600-page report also lists worsening human rights conditions in several countries, including China, Russia and Egypt.

In addition, the report faults Israel for "failing to distinguish between combatants and civilians" during last year's conflict with Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Posted 2:05pm by Bryce Mursch

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