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Thailand urged not to deport trans woman charged in Malaysia

Sep. 20, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A human rights group urged Thailand not to deport a transgender businesswoman to her home country of Malaysia, where she is charged under Islamic laws for insulting Islam by cross-dressing. Malaysian police are seeking to extradite Nur...

Groups ask US to consider extreme heat in border policies

Sep. 15, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Human rights groups are calling on the Biden administration to consider the effects that climate change-fueled heat has on migrants when designing the government's border policies. Human Rights Watch on Wednesday released the letter sent by 68 groups to...

ICC judges authorize probe into Philippines' 'war on drugs'

Sep. 15, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges on Wednesday authorized an investigation into the Philippines’ deadly “war on drugs” campaign, saying the crackdown “cannot be seen as a legitimate law enforcement operation.” The court’s...

Video sparks arrest of Thai police in drug suspect's death

Aug. 25, 2021 07:46 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Four Thai police officers charged with murder in connection with the deadly shakedown of a suspected drug dealer in custody were arrested Wednesday after a video clip of the incident shared on social media caused a public furor. Three other officers were...

Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre dies of COVID-19 at 79

Aug. 24, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre, the first former head of state to be convicted of crimes against humanity by an African court after his government was accused of killing 40,000 people, has died in Senegal. He was 79. Habre, whose case for...

Rights group: Israeli strikes on Gaza apparently broke law

Aug. 23, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli airstrikes that demolished four high-rise buildings in the Gaza Strip during the war in May apparently violated international laws of war, a leading international human rights group said Monday, calling on the Israeli military to produce evidence justifying the...

Bangladesh disputes study into alleged forced disappearances

Aug. 19, 2021 01:52 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh on Wednesday disputed a Human Rights Watch investigation into disappearances of government critics and others as built on questionable, uncorroborated allegations that security forces were involved. The government has long denied...

New wave of Ethiopian detentions of Tigrayans includes kids

Aug. 18, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Small children are among those held amid a new wave of detentions of ethnic Tigrayans suspected of supporting Tigray forces in Ethiopia's growing war, one detainee says, while witnesses and a human rights watchdog describe fresh disappearances in recent weeks. ...

UN urged to probe alleged disappearances in Bangladesh

Aug. 16, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A global human rights group urged the United Nations on Monday to lead an independent investigation into the alleged disappearances of government critics and others at the hands of security forces in Bangladesh, an allegation the country's government has long...

Afghans fear a return to brutal rule despite Taliban vows

Aug. 15, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — As the Taliban mass at the gates of Kabul, they are promising a new era of peace in Afghanistan, with amnesty for those they have been battling for two decades and a return to normal life. But Afghans who remember the Taliban's brutal rule and those who...