US: Syria leads human rights violations in 2013

WASHINGTON - The U.S. says a chemical weapons attack in Syria that the Obama administration says killed more than 1,000 people was the world's worst human rights violation of 2013.
 
An annual State Department report released Thursday also highlights government crackdowns on peaceful protests in Ukraine and Russia's refusal to punish human-rights abusers.
 
Those findings point to the unrest in Ukraine over the past year that erupted this month and forced the country's president to flee to Russia for protection.
 
The report found human rights abuses around the world -- from hazardous labor conditions in Bangladesh, where a factory collapse killed more than 1,100 workers, to harassment of the media in Venezuela.
 
It also criticized Egyptian security forces for killing at least 600 protesters in two demonstrations.

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