Amnesty International: Powerful nations failing to stop rights abuses

February 25, 2015 7:47 PM

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Shameful milestones in human rights abuses were reached in 2014 as tens of thousands of civilians were killed amid armed conflicts from Syria to Ukraine and the world's wealthiest countries did little to halt the violence, Amnesty International reported Wednesday.

The number of refugees from the world's battle zones topped 50 million last year, the greatest human displacement since World War II, the London-based rights group reported. It accused Western nations of an "abhorrent" response to the plight of those driven out of their countries, noting that of the...

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