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Mother of UN rights chief Bachelet dies in Chile

Jul. 2, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The mother — and once fellow inmate — of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, now the U.N.'s human rights chief, died Thursday in Chile at age 93, the country's Air Force announced. Ángela Jeria Gómez was imprisoned along with Bachelet by the military...

Report: Detainees at high virus risk in crowded Yemen jail

Jul. 2, 2020 7:18 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A leading rights group Thursday accused secessionist Yemeni authorities of holding detainees at an overcrowded detention center in the country's south, exposing them to “serious health risks” amid the coronavirus pandemic. Human Rights Watch said detainees at Aden's informal...

US deports former paramilitary leader Toto Constant to Haiti, where he faces murder, torture charges from 1990s

Jun. 23, 2020 12:53 PM EDT
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — US deports former paramilitary leader Toto Constant to Haiti, where he faces murder, torture charges from 1990s.

Thai Cabinet approves draft laws against torture, abductions

Jun. 23, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Cabinet has approved draft laws on prevention of torture and forced disappearances, a measure that has long been sought by human rights activists. The demand for such legislation has gained momentum in recent years after the well-publicized abductions of several social and...

Syrian suspected of torture at prison arrested in Germany

Jun. 22, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Syrian man accused of torturing an inmate while working as a doctor at a prison run by military intelligence in his homeland has been arrested in Germany, prosecutors said Monday. The suspect, identified only as Alaa M. in line with German privacy rules, was arrested in the central state of...

The Latest: S Korea has 56 new COVID cases amid resurgence

Jun. 11, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 56 new cases of COVID-19 as the country continues to see a resurgence of the virus concentrated in the capital area. Figures released by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday brought national totals to 12,003 cases and 277...

This May 16, 2020, photo provided by Mohamed Soltan shows himself at his home in Fairfax, Va. After his arrest in 2013 for documenting the deadliest crackdown on protesters in Egypt’s modern history, Mohammed Soltan landed in a notorious prison where he says he was brutally tortured for 21 months. (Bushra Soltan via AP)

Egypt's ex-PM faces torture allegation in American's lawsuit

Jun. 1, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — After his arrest in 2013 for documenting the deadliest crackdown on protesters in Egypt’s modern history, Mohamed Soltan landed in a notorious prison where he says he was brutally tortured for 21 months. He never thought he'd get a chance to fight back, let alone make it out alive. But...

Healthcare workers watch as Haitians who were deported from the United States deplane at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

30 deported to Haiti, but ex-strongman remains in US

May. 26, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Thirty people were deported to Haiti on Tuesday, but a former paramilitary leader accused of murder and torture was not among them as a result of recent discussions with U.S. officials, according to a Haitian government spokesman. The spokesman, Eddy Jackson Alexis, said...

Victims of Brothers Home Choi Seung-woo and Han Jong-sun, center left, hug each other after parliament passed a law for investigating past human rights violations at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. South Korea's parliament on Wednesday passed a law allowing new investigations into the country's past human rights atrocities, rewarding a years-long struggle for redemption by survivors of Brothers Home, a state-funded vagrants' facility where thousands were enslaved and abused in the 1970s and '80s. (Jin Sung-chul/Yonhap via AP)

New law paves way to reinvestigate abusive SKorean facility

May. 20, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s parliament on Wednesday passed a law allowing new investigations into the country’s past human rights atrocities, rewarding a years-long struggle for redemption by survivors of Brothers Home, a state-funded vagrants’ facility where thousands were...