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UN rights experts present evidence of war crimes in Ukraine

Sep. 23, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A team of experts commissioned by the U.N.’s top human rights body to look into rights violations in Ukraine said Friday its initial investigation turned up evidence of war crimes in the country following Russia’s invasion nearly seven months ago. The experts from...

China envoy vows 'fight' over alleged Xinjiang rights abuses

Sep. 22, 2022 09:49 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — An envoy from China's Xinjiang province said Thursday that Chinese authorities are ready for a “fight” with “anti-China” critics in the West and elsewhere over allegations of rights abuses in the anti-extremism campaign against Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic groups in the...

UN-appointed expert says better sanctions on Myanmar needed

Sep. 22, 2022 05:17 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A United Nations-appointed human rights expert called Thursday for governments and companies to coordinate efforts to cut off the military-led government of Myanmar from its sources of revenue and weapons, saying life in the Southeastern Asian nation has become a “living hell”...

China values UN relationship despite human rights criticism

Sep. 19, 2022 04:56 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — As world leaders gather in New York at the annual U.N. General Assembly, rising superpower China is also focusing on another United Nations body that is meeting across the Atlantic Ocean in Geneva. Chinese diplomats are speaking out and lobbying others at an ongoing...

EU nations seek to call out rights violations in Russia

Sep. 15, 2022 11:54 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — All European Union nations except Hungary are moving forward at the U.N.'s human rights body to hold Russia's government accountable for a crackdown on media, arbitrary arrests, restrictions on free speech and other rights concerns after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an...

WHO: COVID end 'in sight,' deaths at lowest since March 2020

Sep. 14, 2022 12:09 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday that the number of coronavirus deaths worldwide last week was the lowest reported in the pandemic since March 2020, marking what could be a turning point in the years-long global outbreak. At a press briefing in...

UN: Israeli hit on Damascus airport stopped aid deliveries

Sep. 14, 2022 09:57 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — An Israeli airstrike on the airport of the Syrian capital Damascus in June that forced it to close for two weeks led to the suspension of humanitarian activities during that period, the commission of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said Wednesday. ...

Iconic French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard dead at 91

Sep. 13, 2022 20:30 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Jean-Luc Godard, the iconic “enfant terrible” of the French New Wave who revolutionized popular cinema in 1960 with his first feature, “Breathless,” and stood for years among the film world's most influential directors, died Tuesday. He was 91. Godard died...

UN to EU: Don't backtrack on climate goals amid energy pinch

Sep. 12, 2022 10:54 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The acting U.N. human rights chief on Monday urged European Union member states to avoid “backtracking” on their efforts to develop renewables and energy-efficiency projects at a time when soaring energy prices have prompted some to ramp up use of and searches for fossil fuels....

China shuns cooperation with UN rights office over report

Sep. 09, 2022 12:47 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — China can’t cooperate with the U.N. human rights office after it released a report criticizing Beijing’s policies against Uyghurs and other ethnic groups in western Xinjiang, a top Chinese diplomat said Friday. However, Chen Xu, China’s ambassador to U.N....