News and Analysis (11/23/07)

Big brother powers once used under the guise of counterterrorism are now employed to fight regular crime as FBI agents seek secret warrants, many without probable cause, to find the location of drug traffickers, fugitives and other types of criminals:

Although making important strides in human rights since the end of the Suharto dictatorship in 1998, Indonesia continues to pervasively employ torture in prisons and in law enforcement and military detention centers:

As the deadline for Lebanon’s presidential administration has expired, leaders on both sides have yet to elect a new leader and both sides are warning of violence if any drastic political moves are made:

As a part of a general crackdown on Muslims’ religious freedom in Uzbekistan, two men imprisoned based on charges of religious extremism died in prison and with their bodies showing signs of torture, according to local human rights activist Surat Ikramov:

After watching further political instability in Pakistan unfold and after speaking to Saudi officials, exiled opposition leader Nawaz Sharif will allegedly be returning to Pakistan in “‘within four or five days’”:


Alejandro Beutel is program assistant for the Minaret of Freedom Institute with expertise in religious freedom, democratization and security issues.






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