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UN body welcomes 'milestone' in Qatar labor reforms

Jan. 16, 2020 6:46 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar abolished exit visa requirements for virtually all migrant workers on Thursday in a move the U.N. labor organization said was a “milestone” in reform efforts ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The ministerial decree allows nearly all migrant workers in...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, a man walks past a display of photos from Xinjiang during a forum on human rights in Beijing. China has blasted a report from Human Rights Watch that accused it of constructing a surveillance state at home while seeking to silence critics abroad. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

China blasts human rights report, praises current situation

Jan. 15, 2020 6:23 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China has blasted a report from Human Rights Watch that accused it of constructing a surveillance state at home while seeking to silence critics abroad. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Wednesday said he had not read the report but that such documents routinely “turned a...

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 file photo, Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch's executive director, speaks during a news conference in Seoul, South Korea. Human Rights Watch says Hong Kong authorities have barred its executive director from entering the territory. The move Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 follows China's pledge last month to sanction organizations which it said had “performed badly

Rights group says China is trying to silence critics abroad

Jan. 14, 2020 6:59 PM EST

The head of Human Rights Watch said Tuesday the Chinese government has not only constructed "an Orwellian high-tech surveillance state” at home but is using its growing economic clout to silence critics abroad. Kenneth Roth accused China of carrying out “the most intense attack on the global system...

Rights group criticizes Rwanda's ruling on former officers

Jan. 14, 2020 6:10 AM EST

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Human Rights Watch says the decision by Rwanda’s Court of Appeal upholding the conviction of two former high-ranking army officers, who are said to be in failing health, fits a pattern of government repression of critics. Rwanda’s Military High Court sentenced Col. Tom...

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 file photo, Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch's executive director, speaks during a news conference in Seoul, South Korea. Human Rights Watch says Hong Kong authorities have barred its executive director from entering the territory. The move Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 follows China's pledge last month to sanction organizations which it said had “performed badly

China says Human Rights Watch barred over protest support

Jan. 13, 2020 5:17 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it barred the head of the internationally renowned organization Human Rights Watch from entering Hong Kong due to the group's support for the territory's ongoing protest movement. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Human Rights Watch had instigated...

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 file photo, Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch's executive director, speaks during a news conference in Seoul, South Korea. Human Rights Watch says Hong Kong authorities have barred its executive director from entering the territory. The move Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 follows China's pledge last month to sanction organizations which it said had “performed badly

Hong Kong denies entry to Human Rights Watch director

Jan. 12, 2020 10:15 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities barred the head of Human Rights Watch from entering the Chinese territory Sunday, the advocacy group said. Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch's executive director, had planned to launch the organization's annual world report in Hong Kong this week. The report's focus is...

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 displaced Burkinabe people in the Pissila town camp, near Kaya, Burkina Faso. Islamic extremists carried out a record number of attacks last year in Burkina Faso and the instability has now spread to the country's east. The violence in northern and now eastern Burkina Faso has displaced more than half a million people, according to the United Nations. And there are fears the unrest could throw elections planned for late 2020 into question.  (AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui)

Islamic extremism wracks Burkina Faso, spreading east

Jan. 10, 2020 5:03 AM EST

FADA N'GOURMA, Burkina Faso (AP) — The jihadists who killed Wabwa Ampougovni's son and two grandchildren wanted them to suffer: They cut the backs of their necks before slitting their throats, leaving them to a slow and agonizing death. They were among 14 people killed in late November when extremists...

Islamic extremists' toll in Burkina Faso rising, report says

Jan. 6, 2020 8:36 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 250 civilians have been killed by Islamic extremists in Burkina Faso in less than a year, Human Rights Watch said in a new report Monday, as attacks increase and armed groups gain more territory in the West African nation’s north and east. Attackers are justifying...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019 file photo, Israeli border police block the road and disperse Palestinian, Israeli and foreign activists during a rally protesting a newly established settlement near the West Bank village of Kufr Malik, East of Ramallah.   In the occupied West Bank, Israeli troops routinely detain Palestinians who organize or take part in protests. Israel and its international allies have meanwhile passed legislation targeting the Palestinian-led boycott movement. Critics say such measures leave the Palestinians with no choice but to accept permanent military rule or resort to violence.  (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Palestinians face mounting barriers to peaceful protest

Jan. 5, 2020 1:11 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Abdullah Abu Rahma has been arrested by Israeli soldiers eight times in the last 15 years, spending weeks or months in prison and paying tens of thousands of dollars in fines for organizing protests. He's among a growing number of Palestinians who have embraced non-violent means...

Women celebrate after hearing their relatives were acquitted following the verdict at a court in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig city,  Philippines, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. The Philippine court on Thursday found key members of a powerful political clan guilty of a 2009 massacre in a southern province that left 57 people, including 32 media workers, dead in a brazen act that horrified the world. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippines convicts key clan members in 2009 massacre

Dec. 19, 2019 6:24 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court on Thursday found key members of a powerful political clan guilty of a 2009 massacre in a southern province that left 57 people dead, including 32 media workers, in a brazen execution-style attack that horrified the world. Families of the victims and media...