New York Times. 4/9/2011, Vol. 160 Issue 55370, p9. 0p.
HUMAN rights violations, HUMAN rights, ABUSE of rights, SAUDI Arabia, and PAKISTAN
WASHINGTON -- Dire abuses of political and social rights that fueled popular uprisings in the Arab world and a war in Libya are continuing and have in some cases worsened in countries important to American security, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen and Pakistan, the State Department said on Friday in its annual report on human rights. The report, mandated by Congress for the past 35 years, offered a blistering portrayal of government repression in countries across the Middle East and beyond, including those where the administration retains close security partnerships. It cited continuing restrictions of political freedoms and widespread abuses by the police and security forces against those viewed as dissenters, underscoring the administration's sometimes awkward balance between idealism and pragmatism in foreign relations. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]