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In the depths of the worst crisis in the region - the Libyan conflict - there has been unprecedented regional support of human rights, civilian protection, and international justice from The Arab League and Middle Eastern countries working within the UN System and the international community.
In Egypt, 1,659 people have been released from administrative detention since early February. It is unknown how many people remain in detention.
Powerful internal security forces responsible for serious human rights abuses in Tunisia and Egypt have been dissolved and a 19-year old state of emergency in Algeria has been repealed.
In Egypt, former government authorities long thought above the law, including former President Mubarak and Minister of Interior El-Adly, are facing charges of corruption and ordering police to shoot at protesters.
In Tunisia, former government authorities are facing charges of corruption and abuses during the uprising.
Thousands of political prisoners held under the rule of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia have reportedly been released.
Human rights activists, long subjected to campaigns of intimidation and harassment in Tunisia, are now able to work without fear of repression.
In November Aung San Suu Kyi was finally released in Burma. The Nobel Peace Prize winner has spent 15 of the past 21 years in detention.
The Indian government’s rejection of a bauxite mine project in Orissa’s Niyamgiri Hills was a landmark victory for the human rights of indigenous communities, who had campaigned for years against the plans spearheaded by UK-based Vedanta Resources and the state-owned Orissa Mining Corporation.
The Indian courts delivered justice to the victims of the Union Carbide disaster, by handing down the first ever convictions of those responsible for the deadly Bhopal gas leak in 1984.
The first conviction of a Khmer Rouge official for crimes against humanity and war crimes by the UN-backed tribunal in Cambodia - a small but significant step. Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, was given a 35 years sentence.
In Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya forced evictions were put on hold after public campaigns to draw attention to the plight of those at risk of losing their homes.
Burkina Faso committed to lifting financial barriers to emergency obstetric care and access to family planning.
Sierra Leone introduced a free health care service for pregnant women and children under five.
The International Criminal Court opened investigations in Kenya into the 2007/2008 post-election violence.
Gabon abolished the death penalty.
Almost all Nestle Range (except Kit Kat 2 finger - see above)
Hershey (actually has a policy to *not* reveal its cocoa sources, despite a Supreme Court action to do so.... legal case still going...)
Mars Company (includes M&Ms)
In Argentina, Chile, Peru and Colombia there were major advances to bring to justice some of those responsible for past serious and widespread human rights violations:
In Argentina, Reynaldo Bignone, former military general and former President, was found guilty in April 2010 of torture, murder and kidnappings that occurred while he was commander of the notorious Campo de Mayo detention centre between 1976 and 1978.
In July, Manuel Contreras, former head of the Chilean National Intelligence Directorate, was jailed for 17 years for his part in the 1974 killing in Argentina of General Carlos Prats, a cabinet member in President Salvador Allende’s 1970-73 government, and his wife.
In October, members of Peru's "Colina group" death squad and former high-ranking officials in the government of Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) were convicted of killing 15 people and the enforced disappearance of 10 others in 1991 and 1992.
In Panama protests by indigenous organizations against a new mining law (which effectively gave the green light for larger scale exploitation) resulted in the repeal of the law.