EAST-WEST: D

In Belgrade, human rights are played forte, not fortissimo

Representatives of 35 nations gathered in Finland more than two years ago to sign a document that unexpectedly ignited human hopes across the Continent. But human rights activism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe sparked by the Helsinki accord threatened to undo years of work toward East-West detente. Thus when a svelte Swedish woman delegate, two priests from the Vatican, a mustachioed Spaniard and some 400 other delegates to the Belgrade meeting of the Conference on Security and Cooperation congregated in the corridors of starkly modern Sava Conference Center last week,...

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