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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...

Top UN rights body approves greater scrutiny of Sri Lanka

Mar. 23, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Human Rights Council on Tuesday adopted resolutions calling on the office of the U.N. human rights chief to step up its monitoring of the situation in Sri Lanka and urging Israel's government to ensure that Palestinian areas have “non-discriminatory” access to COVID-19...

UN rights chief: Justice at stake in trial over Floyd death

Mar. 19, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief said Friday that the U.S. trial over the killing of George Floyd presents a “crucial, defining opportunity for justice” that has been denied to countless other families, urging efforts to address the root causes of racial discrimination. ...

UN report: Too much prejudice against old and young in world

Mar. 19, 2021 02:04 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Prejudice and discrimination based on age is widespread around the world, affecting millions of older and younger people trying to work and get health care, denying their human rights and costing society billions of dollars, a U.N. report said Thursday. ...

Myanmar crackdown on protests, widely filmed, sparks outrage

Mar. 04, 2021 14:27 PM EST

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Footage of a brutal crackdown on protests against a coup in Myanmar unleashed outrage and calls for a stronger international response Thursday, a day after 38 people were killed. Videos showed security forces shooting a person at point-blank range and chasing down and...

Ethiopia now calls Axum massacre allegations 'credible'

Mar. 04, 2021 13:07 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia on Wednesday said it is investigating “credible allegations of atrocities and human rights abuses” in its embattled Tigray region, including in the city of Axum, where The Associated Press and Amnesty International have separately documented a massacre of...

Iran: Militants attack Revolutionary Guard unit in southeast

Mar. 04, 2021 11:28 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An armed separatist group in Iran’s restive southeast assaulted a vehicle carrying members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard paramilitary force Tuesday, state TV reported, as unrest continues to roil the impoverished region. Iranian...

EXPLAINER: Why Ethiopia's deadly Tigray crisis is growing

Mar. 04, 2021 11:17 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Civilians massacred. Journalists arrested. People starving to death. Ethiopia’s government is under growing pressure to allow the world to see firsthand what has occurred in its embattled Tigray region as its Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister rejects...

300 activists rally in Bangladesh to denounce prison death

Mar. 01, 2021 11:51 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — About 300 student activists rallied in Bangladesh’s capital on Monday to denounce the death in prison of a writer and commentator who was arrested last year on charges of violating a sweeping digital security law that critics say chokes freedom of expression. ...