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    The St. Paul Pioneer Press uncovered and documented allegations of human-rights abuses in Laos, and of forced repatriation of Hmong refugees. The series found that the United Nations and U.S. State Department either ignored the allegations, or inadequately investigated cases. The United nations denied the allegations of forced repatriation, but did not investigate even though the series identified people by name and village. (March 26 - April 16, 1995)
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    The Chronicle of Philanthropy finds that due to the growing practice of political torture around the globe, organizations are sprouting up to try to rehabilitate the victims of torture. These groups receive funding from the United Nations as well as private donors. (Oct. 5, 1995)
  • After the Genocide

    Gourevitch takes a look at the state-sanctioned killings in Rwanda which accumulated at nearly three times the rate of Jewish dead during the Holocaust. Members of the Hutu majority group began massacring the Tutsi minority in early April and at the end of the month dead Tutsis were easier to find in Rwanda than live Tutsis. That October a United Nations Commission of Experts found that the concerted, planned, systematic and methodical acts of mass extermination by Hutu elements against the Tutsi group constitute genocide.
  • Sanctions: The Pluses and Minuses

    A US News & World Report investigation reveals how Libya was able to legally circumvent UN sanctions, and how key American allies, such as the government of Egypt, allegedly assisted Libya in violating the sanctions. Other allies like Italy and Britain failed to impose some of the sanctions that delegates to the United Nations imposed. The report also examines the question over whether sanctions work.
  • Mercy or money?

    "... a year-long Turning Point investigation that uncovered and documented the activities of an American war profiteer operating in Bosnia. (The) investigation focussed on Lynne Robustelli, the president of a California-based charity, who claimed she could evacuate desperate residents trapped in the war zone. By zeroing in on the weaknesses of the United Nations, Robustelli exploited the organization to her own advantage -- and profit."
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    World Watch reveals how the the United Nations agency entrusted with guarding nuclear technology has been too busy promoting it throughout the world; the International Atomic Energy Agency has pushed third world countries towards nuclear energy even as Western countries have leaned away from it, March/April 1994.
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    Newsday (New York) revealed that Serbian authorities lured United Nations' soldiers in the Sarajevo region into a Serb-run brothel where they made Muslim and Croat women available for prostitution; in direct violation of their mandate, the soldiers never reported the brothel or a concentration camp immediately behind it, Nov. 1, 1993.
  • Series on Sudan/Terrorism

    ABC News reveals that the plot by terrorists to bomb the United Nations headquarters in New York, uncovered by the FBI, was linked to the highest levels of the Sudanese government; the series contributed to the state department putting Sudan on a list of governments that sponsor terrorism, June 1993.
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    CovertAction Quarterly reveals how pressure by the United Nations on behalf of a CIA-linked company lead to the exclusion of other companies in bidding on helicopter contracts and gave the CIA-linked company U.N. cover and access to world trouble spots, Winter 1993.
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    The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists profiles economic sanctions as a weapon for to combat human-rights abuses in such countries as Haiti, Iraq, South Africa, China and Yugoslavia; finds that sanctions are an alternative to war, but many times hurt the poor of a country the worst, November 1993. # Davis Werleigh Woodward Elliott United Nations U.S. State Department