Syria leads US list of human rights abusers

A chemical-weapon attack in Syria last summer that the U.S. says killed more than 1,400 people was the world’s worst human rights violation of 2013, the Obama administration concluded Thursday.
The report, an annual survey by the State Department of global human rights abuses, also foreshadowed the unrest that has gripped Ukraine in recent weeks and toppled its government.
The survey singled out many of the usual suspects: Iran, for manipulation of elections and civil liberties restrictions; North Korea, for rampant reports of extrajudicial killings, detentions, and torture; and Belarus, for beatings of protesters and a lack of checks and balances by its authoritarian government.

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(Photo: United Nation Relief and Works Agency via Getty Images)

Syria leads US list of human rights abusers

A chemical-weapon attack in Syria last summer that the U.S. says killed more than 1,400 people was the world’s worst human rights violation of 2013, the Obama administration concluded Thursday.

The report, an annual survey by the State Department of global human rights abuses, also foreshadowed the unrest that has gripped Ukraine in recent weeks and toppled its government.

The survey singled out many of the usual suspects: Iran, for manipulation of elections and civil liberties restrictions; North Korea, for rampant reports of extrajudicial killings, detentions, and torture; and Belarus, for beatings of protesters and a lack of checks and balances by its authoritarian government.

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(Photo: United Nation Relief and Works Agency via Getty Images)

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