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Rights & Wrongs: Internet Snooping, Nobel Speculation, Unlawful Detentions, and More

Monday, Oct. 6, 2008

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE DRAWS SCRUTINY -- The impending announcement of this year's Nobel peace prize winner is drawing more speculation than usual from human rights advocates, the media and governments, as 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Most observers believe the nominating committee, which is scheduled to make its selection announcement Oct. 10, will pick an individual or group involved in human rights, with the winner most likely related to China.

While speculation regarding a China-related winner has been growing for several years, many observers believe that concerns over how such a move would play out with Beijing ahead of the Olympic Games stayed the nominating committee's hand in the past. A China winner now, advocates argue, would send a very powerful message, one they believe is necessary after the abysmal failure of the games to improve China's human right situation. ...

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