Latest Political activism News

Germany grants asylum to 2 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists

May. 22, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has granted asylum to two Hong Kong activists in a sign of growing concern over how dissent is dealt with in the territory. In interviews with The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times published on Wednesday, Ray Wong Toi Yeung said he and fellow pro-democracy protester Alan Li Tung...

Correction: Venezuela-Embassy story

May. 22, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 7 about the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, The Associated Press erroneously identified Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó's appointee as ambassador to Washington as Gustavo Vecchio. His correct name is Carlos Vecchio. A corrected version of the story is below:...

Thai court affirms defamation judgment against UK activist

May. 22, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — An appeals court in Thailand on Wednesday upheld a 10 million baht ($313,000) judgment against a British activist who was sued by a fruit canning company whose workers complained of alleged labor abuses. The case was one of several highlighting the ability of corporations to harass labor...

Kenyan author, LGBT activist Binyavanga Wainaina dies at 48

May. 22, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — One of Africa's best-known authors and gay rights activists, Binyavanga Wainaina, has died at age 48, a colleague and friend said Wednesday. The Kenyan author died Tuesday night in Nairobi after an illness, Tom Maliti, the chairman of the Kwani Trust which Wainaina founded, told The...

Thai police summon activists to hear sedition charges

May. 22, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thirteen Thai political activists appeared at a Bangkok police station Wednesday to answer a summons on sedition charges that critics say are part of a plan to remove a rising progressive politician from the political scene. The action came on the fifth anniversary of a military coup that...

Vigil at start of trial for German man who killed ex-wife

May. 21, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Women's rights activists in Germany have staged a vigil for a woman slain by her ex-husband last year amid anger that he isn't tried for murder. Members of a Hamburg women's shelter remembered the 42-year-old victim, a mother of four, outside the city's regional court where Marc H. went on...

Nicaragua releases 100 jailed protesters to house arrest

May. 20, 2019 9:10 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The Nicaraguan government released 100 prisoners to a form of house arrest Monday, including three human rights activists. The administration of President Daniel Ortega said all 100 face charges of "offenses against security and the public peace," which have commonly been applied...

Trump tells anti-abortion activists to stay united for 2020

May. 19, 2019 10:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump distanced himself from Alabama's restrictive new abortion law by laying out differing personal views even as he urged anti-abortion activists to stay united heading into the 2020 election. In a series of tweets about abortion, Trump did not state whether he was for...

Convicted Russian agent Butina appeals for money

May. 19, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian gun rights activist serving a U.S. prison sentence for acting as an unregistered foreign agent has released a video asking for money to help pay her legal costs. Maria Butina was sentenced in April to 18 months after she admitted gathering intelligence on the National Rifle...

UK leader promises a 'bold offer' on Brexit deal

May. 19, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May plans a "bold offer" to Parliament to win support for her Brexit deal, urging lawmakers to look at her ideas with fresh eyes. Writing in The Sunday Times, May says her bill will come "with an improved package of measures that I believe can win new support."...