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Zimbabwe doctors march as abducted leader is still missing

Sep. 18, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A line of baton-wielding police on Wednesday stopped a march by Zimbabwean doctors protesting the alleged abduction of a union leader as fears grew about government repression — and about his fate. The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association has said its president, Peter...

Rights group: Venezuela police unit targeting young men

Sep. 18, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A special Venezuelan police unit has been targeting and killing young men in poor neighborhoods as President Nicolás Maduro's administration seeks to clamp down on the opposition, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The rights group said it has documented nine cases involving...

Amazon tribe in Brazil patrols territory, braces for fight

Sep. 18, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

ALTO RIO GUAMA INDIGENOUS RESERVE, Brazil (AP) — Deep in the Amazon rainforest, there is talk of a looming conflict over land. The men in the Tembe indigenous group sometimes daub themselves in traditional war paint and patrol the forest. They carry bows and arrows, but feel increasingly vulnerable as they...

Rights group skeptical that Myanmar's military seeks justice

Sep. 2, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Plans announced by Myanmar's military to prosecute soldiers for actions at a village where security forces reportedly killed as many as 400 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority drew skepticism Monday from the New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch. The military announced...

Family of Thai Muslim who died in army custody seeks justice

Aug. 26, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Relatives of a Muslim man who died after interrogation in Thai army custody said Monday they'll pursue justice to see if his death was caused by torture. Abdulloh Esomuso was arrested July 20 on suspicion of being a Muslim separatist insurgent and was found unconscious the next day in his...

Rebels claim downing US drone over Yemen

Aug. 21, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed they shot down a U.S. drone over the country's north, as a leading rights group said Wednesday the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis killed at least 47 Yemeni fishermen in bombing attacks on fishing boats last year. Yahia Sarie, a military spokesman for the...

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...