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Rights Group: Kuwait deports arrested Islamists to Egypt

Jul. 16, 2019 5:37 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A leading rights group says Kuwait has deported eight arrested Egyptian members of the Muslim Brotherhood group, convicted at home on terrorism charges. Human Rights Watch says Monday the eight were "unlawfully returned", "despite the serious risk of torture and persecution they face in...

At UN body, 22 nations urge China to end Xinjiang detentions

Jul. 10, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Human Rights Watch says 22 Western countries have issued a statement urging China to end mass arbitrary detentions and other violations against Uighurs and other Muslims in the Xinjiang region. The advocacy group hailed the "important" statement at the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council, which...

Russia outraged by case of sisters who killed abusive father

Jul. 5, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — One evening last summer, Mikhail Khachaturyan decided that his living room wasn't tidy enough, so he summoned his three teenage daughters one by one and doused each with pepper spray. Such violence and abuse was not unusual in the Khachaturyan household, according to court records. But Maria,...

37 Cambodians deported in US move decried as 2nd punishment

Jul. 5, 2019 4:28 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Thirty-seven people who migrated to the United States decades ago have been forcibly deported to Cambodia after committing felonies. The deportees, who arrived at Phnom Penh International Airport on Thursday, were the latest returned to Cambodia under a 2002 agreement. Cambodia...

Report: Iraq gov't detains thousands in degrading conditions

Jul. 4, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A leading international human rights organization criticized the Iraqi government Thursday for holding thousands of prisoners, including children, in degrading and "inhuman" conditions. Human Rights Watch cited extreme overcrowding in three pretrial detention facilities in northern Iraq's...

Group say conditions dire for asylum seekers stuck in Mexico

Jul. 1, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico are increasingly facing violence and dire conditions, stranded in purgatory with no means to survive, according to an upcoming report from Human Rights Watch. The international rights group called on the Trump administration to end the practice of...

Rights group says Syria co-opting humanitarian efforts

Jun. 28, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government is co-opting humanitarian aid and reconstruction assistance and sometimes using it to "entrench repressive policies," an international rights group said Friday, calling on donors and investors to ensure their contributions are used for the good of the Syrian people....

Beauty pageant winner accuses ex-Gambia president of rape

Jun. 26, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Gambian beauty pageant winner has accused the country's former dictator Yahya Jammeh of raping her four years ago, the latest allegation of human rights abuses committed by the ex-president now living in exile in Equatorial Guinea. Fatou "Toufah" Jallow, now 23, made an announcement...

Jury awards $585K to Minnesota officer over license lookups

Jun. 21, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal jury in Minnesota has awarded $585,000 to a police officer who alleged that 58 fellow officers from the Minneapolis Police Department broke a federal privacy law by searching for her driver's license data without a lawful purpose. The jury returned its verdict Wednesday in...

Human rights group urges sanctions on Nicaragua's Ortega

Jun. 19, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Human Rights Watch called Wednesday on governments in the Americas and Europe to impose sanctions on Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and at least five high-level security officials for a crackdown on protests that began in April 2018. The human rights organization said sanctions should...