Magazine article The Nation

Double Your Standard (an Ongoing Series International League for Human Rights on Nicaragua)

Magazine article The Nation

Double Your Standard (an Ongoing Series International League for Human Rights on Nicaragua)

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Double Your Standard (an Ongoing Series)

Canon Riah Abu al-Assal, head of the Anglican Church in Nazareth, has been forbidden to leave Israel for one year, under an administrative order issued by the Ministry of the Interior. It seems "his traveling freely is contrary to the security interests of the state.' The canon, a Palestinian with Israeli nationality, is one of the leaders of the Progressive Slate for Peace, an officially recognized party with one Jewish and one Arab Knesset member.

Deaf to such infractions of human rights in Israel and the occupied territories, many U.S. intellectuals have been clamoring about the attenuations of freedom in Nicaragua, a nation against whom the United States is mounting a terror campaign at an initial cost of about $635 million. (This includes the $235 million approved by Congress and $400 million in off-the-democratic-book C.I.A. subversion.) Normally taciturn about the many reports attesting to Nicaragua's respect for human rights and the innumerable atrocities of the contras, the U.S. press became voluble with the publication of a report, sharply critical of Nicaragua, put out in July by the International League for Human Rights. It is a shoddy piece of work. The report was prepared on the basis of a five-day visit to Nicaragua, during which time--in contrast to the practice employed by Amnesty International and other human rights groups--the Nicaraguan government was not invited to respond to any of the charges. …

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