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FILE - In this Saturday, June 21, 2014 file photo, Belarusian human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski is welcomed by his supporters at a railway terminal in Minsk, Belarus. The prominent Belarus opposition figure Ales Bialiatski and leading imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh have been awarded the 2020 Swedish Right Livelihood Award, sometimes referred to as the “Alternative Nobel,” along with activists from Nicaragua and the United States. (AP Photo/Dmitry Brushko, File)

Belarus activist shares ‘Alternative Nobel’ with 3 others

Oct. 1, 2020 3:27 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A prominent Belarus opposition figure and an imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer on Thursday were awarded the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes referred to as the “Alternative Nobel,” together with activists from Nicaragua and the United States. Ole von Uexkull, the head...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko gestures as he addresses a women's forum in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. President Alexander Lukashenko's decision to close the borders with Poland and Lithuania underlines his repeated claim that the massive wave of protests is driven by the West and comes amid increasing criticism from the United States and the European Union. ( via AP)

Belarus borders remain open despite leader's closure threat

Sep. 18, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' borders with Poland and Lithuania remained open Friday despite the nation's president declaring they would be closed and accusing the neighboring nations of instigating nearly six weeks of protests against his 26 years of authoritarian leadership. Belarusian President...

FILE - In this June 20, 2020, file photo, protesters lie on the ground demanding better handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kathmandu, Nepal. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)

Young protesters force Nepal to better manage virus crisis

Sep. 11, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — On a sunny June day in Nepal, hundreds of young people in face masks stood a meter apart behind the barbed-wire barricades and rows of riot police guarding the prime minister's residence, shouting slogans demanding a better government response to the coronavirus pandemic. In a rare...

Turkish lawyer dies on hunger strike demanding fair trial

Aug. 28, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A human rights lawyer on hunger strike in a Turkish prison to demand a fair trial for herself and colleagues has died, an attorney’s group said. Ebru Timtik, 42, died in an Istanbul hospital late Thursday, the Progressive Lawyers’ Association said. She had been fasting...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2008 file photo, Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, poses for a photograph in her office in Tehran, Iran. Reza Khandan, the husband of Sotoudeh told The Associated Press on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, that his wife began a hunger strike Tuesday seeking the release of political prisoners. Khandan said he feared it would exacerbate her chronic gastrointestinal and foot problems. Sotoudeh, a mother of two, was arrested in 2018 on charges of collusion and propaganda against the system and eventually was sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. (AP Photo/Arash Ashourinia, File)

Imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer begins hunger strike

Aug. 13, 2020 7:19 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer has begun a hunger strike seeking better prison conditions and the release of political prisoners amid the pandemic, her husband said Thursday. Reza Khandan told The Associated Press his wife Nasrin Sotoudeh began the strike...