and pro-human rights -- while a positive development -- is seemingly being
stalled by the EU.
It blamed the EU for continuing its policies that subordinated human rights
to trade and energy interests, which led it to provide political and financial
support to authoritarian governments in the Middle East and North Africa.
Amnesty focused special attention on what it called the "double standards" it
claimed are present across all the major uprisings taking place in the Arab
World in 2011.
The "disjuncture between the words and deeds of powerful governments and
institutions were exposed and undermined. It can only be hoped that the year
of rebellion signals an end to policies that put an illusory 'stability.'
Mideast protests and government repression will continue through 2012, the
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