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Tigray women who fled a conflict in the Ethiopia's Tigray region, wait to receive aid at Village 8, the transit centre near the Lugdi border crossing, eastern Sudan, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. Ethiopia's military is warning civilians in the besieged Tigray regional capital that there will be

With Ethiopia on brink of escalation, diplomacy in doubt

Nov. 24, 2020 3:46 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Alarm spiraled Tuesday over Ethiopia's imminent tank attack on the capital of the defiant Tigray region and its population of half a million people, while the U.N. Security Council met for the first time on the three-week-old conflict amid warnings that food in the region is running...

Rights group condemns Iraq for execution of IS-linked men

Nov. 17, 2020 12:45 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A prominent rights group condemned Iraq on Tuesday for the mass execution of 21 people, some with suspected links to the Islamic State group, who had been convicted on terrorism charges. The prisoners were hanged Monday in Nasiriyah Central Prison in southern Iraq, according to a...

Women prepare traditional Ethiopian coffee at street-side coffee stall in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. Tensions over the deadly conflict in Ethiopia are spreading well beyond its cut-off northern Tigray region, as the federal government said some 150 suspected

As Ethiopia's conflict rages, ethnic targeting turns deadly

Nov. 13, 2020 12:55 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethnic Amharas killed. Ethnic Tigrayans arrested, in hiding or cut off from the world. Ethiopia’s deadly conflict is spilling beyond the country's northern Tigray region and turning identity into a mortal threat. A report that scores, perhaps hundreds, of civilians were...

FILE - In this Wednesday Oct. 28, 2020 file photo, CHADEMA party presidential candidate Tundu Lissu smiles as he shows his finger marked with ink after casting his vote at Ntewa Primary School polling station in Ikungi town Singida region, Tanzania. Escorted by Western diplomats, Tanzania's main opposition candidate Tundu Lissu left the country for Belgium on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 after rejecting a presidential election he asserted had

Escorted by diplomats, Tanzanian opposition leader leaves

Nov. 10, 2020 1:32 PM EST

DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Escorted by Western diplomats, Tanzania’s main opposition candidate Tundu Lissu left the country for Belgium on Tuesday after rejecting a presidential election he asserted had “widespread irregularities” and was a “butchery of democracy.” “I...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 17, 2020 file photo the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, attends a meeting of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The U.N. human rights chief is hailing “some extremely encouraging pledges” from U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, citing his call for efforts to address issues like systemic racism, women’s rights, torture and climate change. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP, file)

UN rights chief to AP: Biden's pledges are 'encouraging'

Nov. 10, 2020 9:46 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief is hailing “some extremely encouraging pledges” from U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, citing his call to address issues like systemic racism, women’s rights, torture, and climate change, and signs that his team could shepherd in a “more...

Passengers queue to get on a bus in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. Ethiopia's prime minister says airstrikes have been carried out against the forces of the country's Tigray region, asserting that the strikes in multiple locations

Ethiopian PM announces airstrikes in country's Tigray region

Nov. 6, 2020 3:15 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia's prime minister on Friday said his government has carried out airstrikes against the forces of the country's well-armed Tigray region, asserting that strikes in multiple locations “completely destroyed rockets and other heavy weapons" and made a retaliatory attack...

UN expert airs human rights concerns ahead of Myanmar vote

Nov. 2, 2020 5:01 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — An independent human rights expert working with the United Nations is calling on Myanmar's government and military leadership to stop persecuting supporters of the opposition ahead of Sunday's general election. Thomas Andrews, a former U.S. congressman from Maine who is the U.N. special...

People demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020. After 13 days of protests against alleged police brutality, authorities have imposed a 24-hour curfew in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, as moves are made to stop growing violence. ( AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Nigerian forces killed 12 peaceful protesters, Amnesty says

Oct. 21, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday that Nigeria's security forces fired upon two large gatherings of peaceful protesters Tuesday night, killing 12 people calling for an end to police brutality. At least 56 people have died during two weeks of widespread demonstrations...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, a woman walks past the Amnesty International India headquarters in Bangalore, India. The U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, urged India’s government to do more to protect the rights of human rights defenders, who have come under mounting pressure in recent months in the world’s largest democracy. Last month, advocacy group Amnesty International halted its operation in India, citing reprisals by the government and the freezing of its bank accounts by Indian authorities. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, File)

UN urges India government to better protect rights defenders

Oct. 20, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief on Tuesday urged India’s government to do more to protect human rights defenders, who have come under mounting pressure in recent months in the world’s largest democracy. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's office pointed to three...

Nearly 40 nations criticize China's human rights policies

Oct. 6, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nearly 40 mainly Western countries criticized China’s treatment of minority groups, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet, on Tuesday and expressed grave concern at the impact of its new national security law on human rights in Hong Kong. The United States, many European countries,...