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Friday, February 26, 1999 Published at 23:40 GMT

World: Europe

US human rights report criticises Turkey and Yugoslavia

In its annual review on human rights around the world the United States has reported serious abuses in Turkey and Yugoslavia.

The review said that Turkish government officials and security forces were guilty of torture in prisons, harassment of the press, and mistreatment of the Kurdish minority and Islamist activists.

At the same time the report criticised the Kurdish separatists for targeting civilians.

On Yugoslavia the US report criticised the Serbian police controlled by the Yugoslav President, Slobodan Milosevic, for killings, torture and arbitrary arrests in Kosovo.

It also said that abuses were committed by the separatist Kosovo Liberation Army.

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