Rights & Wrongs, our regular feature chronicling human rights news, returns this week after a brief hiatus. In this week's installment: The International Bar's Human Rights Institute criticizes Singapore's rights record; a U.N. officials says Afghan boys are in grave danger of sexual abuse and forced conscription; the U.S. government draws fire for its policy on cluster munitions; and a rights group blasts Saudi Arabia for its failure to protect domestic workers from abuse.

Rights & Wrongs: Singapore, Afghan Boys, Cluster Bombs, and More

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INTERNATIONAL BAR REPORT ON SINGAPORE -- Singapore has achieved phenomenal economic development but still fails to meet international standards on freedom of assembly and expression, and an independent judiciary, the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute said in a report released July 8.

"As one of the world's most successful economies, Singapore should be a leader in human rights and the rule of law, and should now have the confidence and maturity to recognize that this would be complementary, not contradictory, to its future prosperity," institute Executive Director Mark Ellis said at its release. ...

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