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Rights group: Palestinians torture detainees with impunity

Jul. 01, 2022 03:59 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip systematically torture critics in detention, a practice that could amount to crimes against humanity, an international rights group said Friday. Human Rights Watch called in its report for donor...

Ressa says Philippine courts to decide Rappler closure order

Jun. 29, 2022 04:18 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa said her Rappler news website was operating “business as usual” Wednesday and would let Philippine courts decide on a government order to close the outlet critical of the outgoing Duterte administration and its deadly drug...

Group asks for living wages, labor rights for 2026 World Cup

Jun. 25, 2022 02:23 AM EDT

With this year's World Cup in Qatar clouded by labor and human rights issues, there's a push for the North American cities awarded games for the 2026 tournament to commit to livable wages, equitable hiring and worker protection. The Dignity 2026 coalition has brought together groups...

Cambodian court convicts lawyer, dozens of others of treason

Jun. 14, 2022 21:25 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian-American lawyer and dozens of members of a now-dissolved opposition party were convicted of treason Tuesday in a trial that is part of efforts to tame opposition to the long-running rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Lawyer Theary Seng and most...

Watchdog says Afghan Taliban detaining, torturing civilians

Jun. 10, 2022 09:52 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban security forces in northern Afghanistan have unlawfully detained and tortured residents accused of association with an opposition armed group, the New York-based Human Rights Watch said Friday. Fighting has escalated in Panjshir province since mid-May as...

Dutch appeals court convicts Ethiopian of war 1970s crimes

Jun. 08, 2022 10:49 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court upheld Wednesday the conviction and life sentence of a 67-year-old Ethiopian-Dutch man who was found guilty of war crimes committed under a brutal Marxist regime that ruled Ethiopia in the 1970s. Eshetu Alemu, who was too ill to...

Thailand urged to let UN evaluate refugee status of Rohingya

Jun. 07, 2022 03:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A group of ethnic Rohingya left on a Thai island after a dangerous boat journey from Bangladesh should be given help and the opportunity to determine if they are refugees, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. The mostly Muslim Rohingya have long been persecuted in...

Rainbow Flap: Biden Pride tweet draws objection from Kuwait

Jun. 03, 2022 17:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Embassy tweet of a rainbow-flag-festooned message by President Joe Biden in support of Pride Month has drawn a face-to-face diplomatic protest from Kuwait and sparked a rare Twitter fight between the two close allies. On Friday, U.S. diplomats were doubling...

Group urges ICC to probe alleged use of mines in Libya war

May. 31, 2022 07:36 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Human Rights Watch on Tuesday called for the International Criminal Court to investigate allegations of the use of landmines in 2019 by Russian paramilitaries fighting in Libya. According to the New York-based watchdog, new data has emerged from Libyan demining groups...

Rights group: Bulgaria uses police dogs in migrant pushbacks

May. 26, 2022 05:21 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — An international rights group said Thursday that Bulgarian authorities are attacking Afghan and other asylum-seekers, using police dogs and other violence to illegally push them back over the border into Turkey. Human Rights Watch said that the migrants...