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Rights group demands safe return of abducted Libyan lawmaker

Aug. 16, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Human Rights Watch is urging authorities in eastern Libya to exert "all possible efforts" to ensure the safe return of a female lawmaker abducted from her home last month by armed men. The lawmaker, Seham Sergewa, is a prominent critic of Khalifa Hifter, whose forces are now fighting to take...

Rights group says Eritrea high schools center of repression

Aug. 9, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Eritrea's secondary schools are at the center of the government's efforts to control the population, a human rights organization charged on Friday. In a new report, "They Are Making us Into Slaves, Not Educating Us: How indefinite conscription restricts young people's rights, access...

Groups urge probe of jail conditions of US citizen in Egypt

Aug. 9, 2019 5:26 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Two leading rights groups are demanding an independent probe into detention conditions of an Egyptian-American citizen held in Egypt on terrorism charges. Human Rights Watch and The Freedom Initiative said in a joint statement on Friday that Khaled Hassan had attempted to take his own life...

Rights group warns of new 'war' in Colombia's border zone

Aug. 8, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Illegal armed groups have forced some 40,000 people to flee their homes as they fight for control of drug trafficking routes in Colombia's Catatumbo region bordering Venezuela, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. The international watchdog published a 64-page report on abuses...

Turkey, US appear closer to establishing safe zone in Syria

Aug. 7, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey and the United States appeared Wednesday to be edging closer toward setting up a so-called safe zone in northeast Syria, saying they had agreed to form a joint operations center to coordinate and manage its establishment. The vague announcement issued at the end of three days of...

UN report: Conflicts kill and hurt a record 12,000 children

Jul. 29, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 12,000 children were killed and injured in armed conflicts last year — a record number — with Afghanistan, the Palestinians, Syria and Yemen topping the casualty list, according to a new U.N. report. The deaths and injuries were among more than 24,000 "grave...

Israel welcomes US vote against boycott movement

Jul. 24, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Wednesday welcomed a U.S. congressional resolution opposing the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel, while Palestinians said the decision was a blow to human rights and free speech. The House of Representatives passed the resolution by a 398-17 margin on Tuesday,...

Rights group: Iraq government mismanaging water crisis

Jul. 22, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — Increased rainfall in Iraq this year has helped alleviate a water crisis in Basra and may avert the kind of large-scale and violent protests that afflicted the southern province last summer. However, a leading rights group and many Basra residents accuse Iraqi authorities of doing little...

Rights Group: Kuwait deports arrested Islamists to Egypt

Jul. 16, 2019 5:37 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A leading rights group says Kuwait has deported eight arrested Egyptian members of the Muslim Brotherhood group, convicted at home on terrorism charges. Human Rights Watch says Monday the eight were "unlawfully returned", "despite the serious risk of torture and persecution they face in...

At UN body, 22 nations urge China to end Xinjiang detentions

Jul. 10, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Human Rights Watch says 22 Western countries have issued a statement urging China to end mass arbitrary detentions and other violations against Uighurs and other Muslims in the Xinjiang region. The advocacy group hailed the "important" statement at the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council, which...