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Democracy Now! (6 am) – April 25, 2005

Getting Away with Torture? Human Rights Watch Calls for Accountability Into U.S. Abuse of Detainees

Human Rights Watch is demanding that a special prosecutor be named to investigate Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, former CIA director George Tenet and other top officials for possible war crimes related to the torture and abuse of prisoners. We speak with Human Rights Watch special counsel Reed Brody.

Birthday of Imprisoned Panchen Lama: The World’s Youngest Political Prisoner Turns 16

On May 17th, 1995 the Chinese government abducted Gendun Choekyi Nyima who was then six years old and had just been recognized by the Dali Lama as the 11th Panchen Lama – which is the second most prominent holy man in Tibetan Buddhism. He turns 16 today. We speak with Robert Thurman of Columbia University.

Ousted Ecuadorian President Gutierrez Exiled in Brazil Following Mass Uprising

Ecuador’s ousted president Lucio Gutierrez was flown to Brazil Sunday where he will live in exile following Congress’s decision to remove him from office amid massive anti-government protests. We go to Quito, Ecuador to speak with a member of the Center for Economic and Social Rights.

Fmr. Haitian Prime Minister Beaten in Prison as Interim Gv’t Prepares to Charge Him in Connection with Political Killings

The US-backed interim government of Haiti is preparing to charge former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune with having a role in a series of political killings in the town of St. Marc. in February 2004. Meanwhile, his family says he was badly beaten on Friday. We speak with a friend of Yvon Neptune, Jean-Jean Pierre.

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