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Amnesty wants impartial probe of Indonesia police violence

Jun. 26, 2019 4:56 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Amnesty International is calling for an independent investigation into allegations of police brutality and unlawful killings during post-election riots in the Indonesian capital last month. The rights organization said Wednesday in a publicly released letter to President Joko...

Egypt arrests 8, including ex-lawmaker and secular activists

Jun. 25, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian police arrested at least eight people on Tuesday, including a former lawmaker and key secular activists in the country's 2011 uprising, for their alleged ties to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, authorities said. The arrests mark the latest in a years-long crackdown by President...

Indonesia military: Use of child soldiers a rights violation

Jun. 25, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian military spokesman said Tuesday that any use of child soldiers by Papuan independence fighters would be a violation of human rights that implicates both the rebels and state institutions. The Associated Press reported last week that the long-simmering armed conflict...

Latest Hong Kong protest ends peacefully with demands unmet

Jun. 21, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters in Hong Kong besieged police headquarters late into the night Friday, throwing eggs at the building and drawing graffiti on the walls, before ending a day of demonstrations in the Asian financial center with their demands unmet. By daybreak Saturday, police had cleared the...

Honduran police end strike as protests demand president quit

Jun. 21, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Riot police ended a three-day work stoppage Friday but warned Honduras' government they will not crack down on thousands who continue to protest in the streets demanding President Juan Orlando Hernández resign. "We will not repress our people anymore and we will respect...

Spain's top court convicts 5 men in gang rape case

Jun. 21, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court on Friday overruled two lower courts and sentenced five men to 15 years in prison for raping an 18-year-old woman. The case had triggered an outcry because the lower courts last year convicted the men of the lesser crime of sexual abuse and handed down nine-year...

Rights group demands Egyptian juvenile not be executed

Jun. 21, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International is demanding that Egypt not execute a man arrested at age 17 ahead of an anticipated death sentence. The rights group released a statement Friday saying that international human rights law prohibits the use of the death penalty against people who were under 18 at the time...

The Latest: Amnesty urges Egypt to investigate Morsi's death

Jun. 17, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's death during a court hearing (all times local): 9:50 p.m. A leading human right group is urging Egypt to investigate the death of former President Mohammed Morsi. Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader who rose to office in the country's...

Venezuelans flock to Peru before new entry requirements

Jun. 13, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Venezuelan citizens were rushing to enter Peru Thursday less than two days before it imposes new entry requirements on migrants fleeing the crisis-wracked South American nation. Long lines of people carrying blankets and suitcases had formed at a border post in northern Peru, while...

The Latest: Trump impressed with protests, doesn't take side

Jun. 12, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Latest on the protests in Hong Kong over proposed extradition legislation (all times local): 3:30 a.m. U.S. President Donald Trump is impressed with the number of protesters who took to the streets of Hong Kong, calling it as big a demonstration as he has ever seen but he's avoiding...