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Close To Home: Measuring US Respect For The Human Right To Life (Part 1 of 2)
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The Beijing Olympics have provided a historic opportunity to amplify US criticism of China's human rights record. Meanwhile, a different - but no less significant - historic opportunity passed quietly, when in October 2007 the US released the first national measurement of killings by US police. If human rights advocates in the US stop pointing the finger abroad for a moment, and apply to our own home the same standards used in judging other countries, what would we learn? This report explores these questions by: 1. Focusing on a single human right: the right to life (Part 1) 2. Looking at how the US State Dept. reports on the records of other countries in respecting that right (Part 1) 3. Looking at the US record in respecting that right (Part 2)

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