News Bites

  • Resucitó. Human rights activist Rufina Amaya, 64, above, one of the few survivors of the 1981 massacre of nearly 1,000 peasants by the U.S.-funded Salvadoran military in El Mozote, El Salvador, died in March from a stroke. "God saved me," Amaya said in a 1996 New York Times interview, "because he needed someone to tell the story of what happened."
  • Ban the Bulb. In February, Australia announced that it would completely phase out the use of incandescent light bulbs by 2010, thus cutting the country's greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tons within five years.
  • Never Again. Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance museum in Jerusalem chose a creative response to remarks made by prominent Arab leaders who have denied or diminished the Holocaust. Yad Vashem is translating most of its Web site into Arabic and Persian and producing audio guides in Arabic for the Holocaust museum.
  • Burma Blues. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and United Nations Watch addressed the U.N. Human Rights Council in March, protesting violations of religious freedom for Christians and Muslims in Burma/Myanmar. They called for the HRC to condemn the human rights violations, investigate abuses against religious freedom, and pressure Burma to embrace a stronger commitment to freedom for all.
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