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Friday, February 3, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Tsunami survivors' rights violated?

The Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — More than a year after the Southeast Asian tsunami, some survivors are plagued by human-rights violations, a report released Wednesday said.

The report by three international nonprofit groups said five countries have violated human-rights standards with forced relocation, discrimination in aid distribution and other practices.

Field research involving more than 50,000 survivors found widespread instances of poor people and minority groups victimized by land grabs to serve commercial interests, shoddy construction in government-sponsored housing, uneven distribution of aid and other violations, the report said. Women, ethnic minorities and the poor have borne the heaviest burden, it said.

ActionAid International, the People's Movement for Human Rights Learning and Habitat International Coalition said they documented conditions in tsunami-devastated regions of Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives.

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