human rights en Supporters Rally for Renton Woman Held in Mexican Prison <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Human rights advocates rallied in front of the Mexican consulate in Seattle on Tuesday on behalf of a Renton woman being held in a Mexican prison.</span></p><p>Nestora Salgado, who was the commander of a community police force, was arrested in the Mexican state of Guerrero in August and charged with kidnapping. Her family in the Seattle area say the charges are trumped up in retaliation for her efforts to combat corruption in Mexico.</p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 11578 at Supporters Rally for Renton Woman Held in Mexican Prison Local Coalition 'in the Business of Cleaning Up after Warfare' <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Decades have passed since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights back in 1948. But even as the world prepares to celebrate Human Rights Day on Tuesday, slavery, oppression and torture remain very real problems.</span></p><p>In Seattle, one local coalition aims to restore the dignity and health of people from all over the world whose rights have been violated. The <a href="" target="_blank">Northwest Health and Human Rights Project</a> provides help for torture victims in King County.</p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Jennifer Wing 11493 at Local Coalition 'in the Business of Cleaning Up after Warfare' North Korean trip shines light on plight of Seattle area man <p>Controversy surrounding travel to North Korea by a private delegation, including Google executive Eric Schmidt and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, is bringing attention to the story of a Lynnwood man who's been detained in North Korea for more than two months.</p><p>(Click on the listen button for the complete story.) Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:03:13 +0000 Paula Wissel 7506 at Wash. governor defers to State Dept. on human rights in China <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has returned from her second trade mission to China. The state&rsquo;s Tibetan community wanted her to press Communist officials on the issue of human rights.</p><p>But the Democratic governor believes that&rsquo;s the role of the State Department.</p><p> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 00:10:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2983 at Bellingham mayor apologizes, 125 years after expulsion of Chinese <p>Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike has issued a formal apology to the Chinese community for the expulsion of their people,125 years ago.</p><p>Pike says the apology is meant to make it clear: authorities now see the racist actions by regional governments and their supporters more than a century ago were wrong.</p><blockquote><p>In 1885 and 1886, thousands of <a href=";File_Id=2060">Chinese immigrants</a> were driven out of Puget Sound towns during an economic downturn. Civic leaders and town newspapers argued the new residents were taking jobs away from white people.</p></blockquote><p>The apology and related events this week in Bellingham are part of a year-long <a href="">Chinese Expulsion Remembrance Project</a>. Seattle, <a href="">Tacoma,</a> Olympia and Mount Vernon are also taking part. The project also has a <a href="">Facebook page</a>. Fri, 27 May 2011 15:34:23 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1687 at Bellingham mayor apologizes, 125 years after expulsion of Chinese German news agency obtains secret 5th Stryker Brigade report <p><a href=""></a></p><p>A German news publication says it&rsquo;s obtained a copy of a secret Army investigation into leadership problems within the 5th Stryker Brigade. One soldier from this Joint Base Lewis-McChord based unit has pleaded guilty. Four others are charged with war crimes including the murder of innocent Afghan civilians.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 20:28:15 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 1132 at German news agency obtains secret 5th Stryker Brigade report Rolling Stone releases photos in alleged war crime cases of JBLM soldiers <p></p><p>Rolling Stone magazine has published several more grisly photographs related to the war crimes case unfolding at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.</p><p>The release comes just one week after a German magazine was the first to publish photos. The Army had sought to keep the pictures under wraps for fear they could trigger a backlash against U.S. troops.</p><p>Last week&rsquo;s photographs showed soldiers posing with a dead Afghan named Gul Mudin. <a href=" ">Rolling Stone now reports he was an unarmed 15-year old boy</a>, the first of three victims allegedly killed by members of a rogue platoon from Western Washington. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 09:51:28 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 1087 at