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US, allies push for UN rights body debate on Xinjiang abuses

Sep. 26, 2022 15:18 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United States and several Western allies presented a proposal Monday for the U.N.'s main human rights body to hold a special debate over reported rights abuses against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China's western Xinjiang region. The U.S. and Britain,...

Venezuela rejects UN report detailing torture, rights abuses

Sep. 26, 2022 11:37 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Venezuela's government on Monday rejected a report by independent experts working with the United Nations’ top human rights body who alleged President Nicolas Maduro had personally ordered the detention of government opponents, who endured electric shocks, asphyxiation and other...

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...