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Truck rams into tent in Syria camp, killing 3 Iraqi women

Nov. 30, 2021 09:52 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A tanker truck distributing water at a sprawling camp housing families of Islamic State group members in northeast Syria rammed into a tent, apparently by accident, killing three women and injuring two children, a Kurdish official inside the camp said Tuesday. ...

India anti-terror agency arrests prominent Kashmir activist

Nov. 23, 2021 05:26 AM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India’s counter-terrorism investigating agency has arrested a prominent human rights activist in Indian-controlled Kashmir, in a new crackdown on rights groups in the disputed region. The National Investigation Agency, aided by police and...

Amnesty urges Pakistan to end enforced disappearances

Nov. 22, 2021 10:50 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Amnesty International on Monday urged Pakistani authorities to stop forcibly disappearing suspected militants for years without trial, calling the practice “abhorrent.” In a report entitled “Living Ghosts," the rights group describes the...

Tunisian trial shines light on use of military courts

Nov. 21, 2021 11:05 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A few days after Tunisia’s president froze parliament and took on sweeping powers in July, a dozen men in unmarked vehicles and civilian clothes barged into politician Yassine Ayari’s family home overnight and took him away in his pajamas. ...

Pakistan drops draft on chemical castration for rapists

Nov. 19, 2021 10:54 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani government dropped a controversial clause allowing for chemical castration of convicted rapists from a proposed bill, after a council of clerics said such a punishment was against Islam, a lawmaker from the ruling party said Friday. ...

British firm denies involvement in alleged Israeli abuses

Nov. 19, 2021 07:35 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A British heavy machinery company has denied allegations by an international rights group that it is complicit in alleged Israeli abuses in the occupied West Bank. Amnesty International says J.C. Bamford Excavators Limited's diggers and excavators have...

Hamilton: F1 'duty bound' to raise awareness of human rights

Nov. 18, 2021 18:25 PM EST

Formula One is “duty bound” to raise awareness of human rights issues as the series closes its season in the Middle East, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton said Thursday. F1 concludes its season with its inaugural races in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, followed by...

Video: Palestinian kids lined up for photo in Israeli raid

Nov. 18, 2021 14:17 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A video has emerged showing an Israeli soldier lining up school-aged Palestinian children and photographing them in a nighttime raid on their home. The video shines a light on the military's tactics in the occupied West Bank, which activists say violate Palestinian...

Volunteer migrant rescuers appear in court in Greece

Nov. 18, 2021 12:04 PM EST

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — A group of 24 volunteers who took part in migrant rescue operations appeared in court Thursday on the Greek island of Lesbos on smuggling-related charges in a case that has been strongly criticized by international human rights groups. Judicial...

Europe rights court slams Croatia on Afghan family pushback

Nov. 18, 2021 10:47 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ruled against Croatia in a 2017 migrant pushback case after which a 6-year-old girl was killed by a train on the border with Serbia. The Nov. 2017 death of Madina Hussiny at the time focused...