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Rights Group Slams Governments For "Double Standard" on Arab Spring

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Predicting that the current Middle East unrest would continue through 2012,

Amnesty International is slamming Western governments for their tepid

responses to peaceful protests, for their "double standard," and for being

more concerned with preserving their political and economic interests than

with the historic changes sweeping the region.

The charges are being made in a new Amnesty report, "Year of Rebellion:

State of Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa."

The Report says, "Many powerful governments performed political

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somersaults or continued to ignore human rights violations in the region."

They "sought to protect their own political and economic interests" through  

the varying and inconsistent reactions of foreign powers saying they were

looking out for their own instead of truly looking after protesters dying in

pursuit of legitimate freedoms and rights."

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It says there was an initial reluctance to support the protest movements by

western governments, citing the initial silence of the French government on

Tunisia and the US administration on Egypt. The US supported Mubarak

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William Fisher has managed economic development programs in the Middle East and elsewhere for the US State Department and the US Agency for International Development. He served in the international affairs area in the Kennedy Administration and now (more...)
 

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