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FILE - In this March 31, 2020, file photo, Iran's national flag waves as Milad telecommunications tower and buildings are seen in Tehran, Iran. A British-Australian academic serving a 10-year sentence for espionage in Iran has been moved to a notorious prison where concerns for her well-being have escalated, the Australian government confirmed Wednesday. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

British-Australian academic moved to notorious Iran prison

Jul. 29, 2020 4:12 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A British-Australian academic serving a 10-year sentence for espionage in Iran has been moved to a notorious prison where concerns for her well-being have escalated, the Australian government confirmed Wednesday. Kylie Moore-Gilbert was a Melbourne University lecturer on Middle...

Russian treason suspect isolated because of COVID-19 fears

Jul. 27, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An adviser to Russia’s space agency jailed on suspicion of treason has been moved into isolation because he has possibly contracted COVID-19, reports said Monday. Eva Merkacheva of the public commission that monitors Russian detainees’ human rights was quoted by the Interfax...

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2015 file photo, a Muslim Brotherhood member waves his hand from a defendants cage in a courtroom in Torah prison, southern Cairo, Egypt. A leading human rights group says the coronavirus has struck several Egyptian prisons and killed several detainees, as authorities seek to stifle news of the virus’s spread behind bars. Human Rights Watch, released an extensive report Monday, July 20, 2020 documenting multiple cases of detainees who died after experiencing virus symptoms without being tested or receiving adequate medical treatment. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Watchdog: Virus stalks Egypt's prisons amid news blackout

Jul. 20, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The coronavirus has infected people inside several Egyptian prisons and killed at least 14 detainees, as authorities seek to stifle news of the spread of the virus behind bars, a leading human rights watchdog said Monday. Human Rights Watch released a report based on letters smuggled from...

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...