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Some Iranian women take off hijabs as hard-liners push back

Jul. 15, 2019 7:53 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The simple act of walking has become a display of defiance for a young Iranian woman who often moves in Tehran's streets without a compulsory headscarf, or hijab. With every step, she risks harassment or even arrest by Iran's morality police whose job is to enforce the strict dress code...

Rights group calls Duterte's drug war crime against humanity

Jul. 8, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Amnesty International urgently called for international pressure and an immediate U.N. investigation to help end what it says are possible crimes against humanity in the Philippine president's bloody anti-drug crackdown. The London-based rights watchdog said in a study released...

Trump administration reviews human rights' role in US policy

Jul. 8, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Monday that it will review the role of human rights in American foreign policy, appointing a commission expected to elevate concerns about religious freedom and abortion. Human rights groups accused the administration of politicizing foreign policy in a way...

Intl court convicts Congo rebel leader known as 'Terminator'

Jul. 8, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court on Monday convicted a notorious rebel commander known as "The Terminator" of 18 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery for his role in atrocities in a bloody ethnic conflict in a mineral-rich...

Amnesty urges Poland to stop harassing judges, prosecutors

Jul. 4, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Amnesty International has called on Poland's government to "immediately stop" disciplinary proceedings and "serious harassment" of judges and prosecutors who oppose government steps that undermine judiciary independence. The group released a report Thursday listing the cases of 10...

Airstrike kills 44 migrants in Libyan detention center

Jul. 3, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — An airstrike hit a detention center for migrants near the Libyan capital of Tripoli early Wednesday, killing at least 44 people and wounding dozens of others in an attack that the U.N. human rights chief said could amount to a war crime. The Tripoli-based government blamed the attack...

The Latest: UN Security Council to condemn attack in Libya

Jul. 3, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The latest on developments in Libya, where an airstrike on a migrant detention center in Tripoli killed at least 44 people (all times local): 11:55 p.m. The president of the U.N. Security Council says it will issue a statement condemning the attack on a migrant detention camp near...

Thai authorities urged to investigate attacks on activists

Jul. 3, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Rights groups urged Thai authorities Wednesday to investigate attacks against pro-democracy activists after one was beaten and left unconscious on a sidewalk in the latest case of growing violence. Amnesty International submitted open letters to Thailand's defense minister and its police...

Indonesian who took dog into mosque faces blasphemy case

Jul. 3, 2019 3:00 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian woman who doctors say should receive psychiatric treatment has been named a suspect in a blasphemy case after taking a dog into a mosque, sparking calls for the frequently abused law to be repealed. A video circulating online in Muslim-majority Indonesia shows the...

Turkish police disperse banned LGBT march with tear gas

Jun. 30, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Activists gathered in Istanbul to promote rights for gay and transgender people Sunday before police dispersed the crowd at a pride event that Turkish authorities had banned for the fifth year. The rally on a side street to Istanbul's main pedestrian avenue drew several hundred people, who...