HUMAN RIGHTS: Spirit of Helsinki, Where Are You?

The Soviet Union and its six East Bloc clients were among 34 countries that signed a solemn promise in Helsinki 17 months ago to "respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief, for all. " Despite this unambiguous pledge, Eastern Europe's Communist rulers have done almost nothing to fulfill it. Rumania and Bulgaria remain unreformed backwaters of totalitarianism. The Soviets keep hundreds of dissidents jailed, while penalizing and harassing thousands more who have attempted to voice unorthodox views. In the past two months, East...

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