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Saturday, July 31, 1999 Published at 22:13 GMT 23:13 UK


World: Americas

Human Rights Commission worried about Paraguay


The Inter-American Human Rights Commission has expressed concern about living conditions for some groups in Paraguay.

In a preliminary report, the commission says some indian communities and landless peasants urgently need land and services from the government.

Regarding the prison population, it says overcrowding and long detentions before trial are major problems.

But the commission says the human rights situation has improved since the fall of the government of general Alfredo Stroessner in 1989. The commission was invited by the government in Asuncion to assess the state of human rights after the political crisis in March following the assassination of the Vice-president, Luis Maria Argana.

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