Latest Human rights and civil liberties News

China demands Trump veto bills on Hong Kong

Nov. 21, 2019 4:05 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday demanded President Donald Trump veto legislation aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong and renewed a threat to take “strong countermeasures” if the bills become law. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy...

Democrats spar at debate over health care, how to beat Trump

Nov. 21, 2019 3:42 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates clashed Wednesday in a debate over the future of health care in America, racial inequality and their ability to build a winning coalition to take on President Donald Trump next year. The faceoff came after hours of testimony in the impeachment inquiry of...

Survey: About 1 in 4 Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs

Nov. 21, 2019 2:34 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — About one in four Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs, with such attitudes on the rise in eastern countries and mostly steady in the west, according to a survey released Thursday. The poll of 14 European countries, done for the New York-based Anti-Defamation League, found anti-Semitic...

Pakistan’s rights body concerned over abduction of activist

Nov. 21, 2019 2:19 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s independent rights body says last week’s abduction of an activist may be a case of forced disappearance and that he might have been taken or imprisoned by state security services. Human Rights Commission of Pakistan raised the alarm on Thursday about the Nov. 13...

Activists: Iran conservationists get prison time amid unrest

Nov. 21, 2019 1:31 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Six conservationists working to save the critically endangered Asiatic cheetah have been sentenced to prison on internationally criticized espionage charges in Iran, activists said Thursday, even as protests and unrest continue in parts of the country amid a...

Survey: About 1 in 4 Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs

Nov. 21, 2019 12:06 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — About one in four Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs, with such attitudes on the rise in eastern countries and mostly steady in the west, according to a survey released Thursday. The poll of 14 European countries, done for the New York-based Anti-Defamation League, found anti-Semitic...

Lawsuit: US border officers questioned journalists at length

Nov. 21, 2019 12:00 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Five American journalists sued the U.S. government Wednesday, alleging border authorities violated their First Amendment rights by inspecting their cameras and notebooks and questioning them extensively about their coverage of last year’s migrant caravan. The lawsuit filed by the...

The Latest: Pope commits Church to work with Thai Buddhists

Nov. 20, 2019 10:32 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’s visit to Thailand and Japan (all times local): 10:20 a.m. Pope Francis is committing the Catholic Church to working more with Thailand’s majority Buddhists to launch projects to care for the poor and the environment. Francis made the pledge during a...

Syracuse U says report of supremacist screed was likely hoax

Nov. 20, 2019 9:20 PM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Reports that a white supremacist manifesto was sent to some Syracuse University students’ cellphones was likely a hoax, the chancellor said Wednesday while adding that the school fell short in responding to a string of racist incidents. News of the screed — which...

Amnesty International calls Facebook, Google rights abusers

Nov. 20, 2019 8:38 PM EST

Amnesty International issued a scathing indictment of the world’s dominant internet corporations, arguing in a new report that Google and Facebook should be forced to abandon what it calls their surveillance-based business model because it is “predicated on human rights abuse.” The...