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UN rights chief warns of escalating violence in Myanmar

Jun. 11, 2021 06:36 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief is warning of a military buildup in parts of Myanmar and rising violence, with the army using heavy weapons against armed groups as well as civilian targets, including Christian churches. Michelle Bachelet said more than...

Killings of protesters continue in Colombian city of Cali

Jun. 01, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Two protesters were killed early Tuesday in the Colombian city of Cali as they guarded one of several roadblocks set up by demonstrators to show their discontent with growing poverty and inequality during the pandemic. The deaths come as...

UN rights chief: Israeli strikes in Gaza may be war crimes

May. 27, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The top U.N. human rights body on Thursday passed a resolution aimed to intensify scrutiny of Israel's treatment of Palestinians, after the U.N. rights chief said Israeli forces may have committed war crimes and faulted the militant group Hamas for violations of international...

UN body asked to up scrutiny of Israel's human rights record

May. 26, 2021 06:58 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation are calling on the U.N. Human Rights Council to set up a permanent commission to report on human rights violations in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. The move comes in the wake of the latest surge...

The Latest: China calls for UN council action, slams US

May. 15, 2021 23:40 PM EDT

The Latest on the continuing violence between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers amid the latest escalation in the Middle East: ___ BEIJING — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on the U.N. Security Council to seek an early...

West and rights groups accuse China of massive Uyghur crimes

May. 12, 2021 23:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Human rights groups and Western nations led by the United States, Britain and Germany accused China of massive crimes against the Uyghur minority and demanded unimpeded access for U.N. experts at a virtual meeting on Wednesday denounced by China as “politically...

100 days in power, Myanmar junta holds pretense of control

May. 11, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — After Myanmar’s military seized power by ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, it couldn’t even make the trains run on time. State railway workers were among the earliest organized opponents of the February takeover, and they went on strike. ...

Floyd verdict sparks hope, inspiration for activists abroad

Apr. 21, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The guilty verdict in the trial over George Floyd's death was not just celebrated in America. It signaled hope for those seeking racial justice and fighting police brutality on the other side of the Atlantic and beyond, where Black Lives Matter has also become a rallying cry. ...

Funerals become scenes of Myanmar resistance, more violence

Mar. 28, 2021 20:51 PM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar security forces opened fire Sunday on a crowd attending the funeral of student who was killed on the bloodiest day yet of a crackdown on protests against last month's coup, local media reported. The escalating violence — which took the...

Ethiopia's leader says atrocities reported in Tigray war

Mar. 23, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ethiopia's leader on Tuesday said atrocities have been reported in Tigray, his first public acknowledgment of possible war crimes in the country's northern region where fighting persists as government troops hunt down its fugitive leaders. Prime...