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Russia Says U.S. Human Rights Abuses Violate Washington ‘Ideals’

January 03, 2012

Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Human rights abuses by the U.S. government, including violations of the law of war and disproportionate use of force, are “far from the ideals declared by Washington,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said.

“The main unresolved problem is the odious prison in Guantanamo Bay,” the ministry said in a report released today on its website. “Violations of international humanitarian rights in military conflict zones continue without end.”

U.S.-Russia ties have become increasingly strained, setting back the Obama administration’s 2009 attempt to improve relations. The two nations have disagreed over the NATO military campaign in Libya and U.S.-led attempts to censure Syria at the United Nations for its crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of provoking Russian protests against alleged voter fraud following the Dec. 4 parliamentary election.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Abelsky at pabelsky@bloomberg.net


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