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Council of Europe report slams Croatia on migrant treatment

Dec. 03, 2021 08:47 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The Council of Europe’s committee on torture harshly criticized Croatia Friday over reports of “severe ill-treatment” of migrants crossing into the country and urged the country's authorities to take immediate action to stop the practice. ...

European body to begin disciplinary process against Turkey

Dec. 03, 2021 07:06 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Europe’s democracy and human rights-promoting body said Friday it is initiating a rare disciplinary process against Turkey after it failed to comply with a court's ruling to release jailed businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala. Last week, a...

UN General Assembly urged to investigate Yemen atrocities

Dec. 02, 2021 19:51 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 60 organizations urged the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday to establish an investigative body to gather and preserve evidence of serious human rights violations during Yemen’s seven-year conflict, including possible war crimes and crimes against humanity....

Sister of man imprisoned in Saudi Arabia writes to Hamilton

Dec. 02, 2021 10:59 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The sister of a man who was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia is asking seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton to help save her brother's life. Zeinab Abu Al-Kheir told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that Hamilton's declaration two...

Truck rams into tent in Syria camp, killing 3 Iraqi women

Nov. 30, 2021 09:52 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A tanker truck distributing water at a sprawling camp housing families of Islamic State group members in northeast Syria rammed into a tent, apparently by accident, killing three women and injuring two children, a Kurdish official inside the camp said Tuesday. ...

India anti-terror agency arrests prominent Kashmir activist

Nov. 23, 2021 05:26 AM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India’s counter-terrorism investigating agency has arrested a prominent human rights activist in Indian-controlled Kashmir, in a new crackdown on rights groups in the disputed region. The National Investigation Agency, aided by police and...

Amnesty urges Pakistan to end enforced disappearances

Nov. 22, 2021 10:50 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Amnesty International on Monday urged Pakistani authorities to stop forcibly disappearing suspected militants for years without trial, calling the practice “abhorrent.” In a report entitled “Living Ghosts," the rights group describes the...

Tunisian trial shines light on use of military courts

Nov. 21, 2021 11:05 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A few days after Tunisia’s president froze parliament and took on sweeping powers in July, a dozen men in unmarked vehicles and civilian clothes barged into politician Yassine Ayari’s family home overnight and took him away in his pajamas. ...

Pakistan drops draft on chemical castration for rapists

Nov. 19, 2021 10:54 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani government dropped a controversial clause allowing for chemical castration of convicted rapists from a proposed bill, after a council of clerics said such a punishment was against Islam, a lawmaker from the ruling party said Friday. ...

British firm denies involvement in alleged Israeli abuses

Nov. 19, 2021 07:35 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A British heavy machinery company has denied allegations by an international rights group that it is complicit in alleged Israeli abuses in the occupied West Bank. Amnesty International says J.C. Bamford Excavators Limited's diggers and excavators have...