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Amnesty: Eritrean troops still killing in Ethiopia's Tigray

Apr. 15, 2021 04:02 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Eritrean soldiers remain in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region and are killing civilians weeks after Ethiopia said the soldiers would leave, according to Amnesty International. The United Nations Security Council is expected to meet Thursday on...

Russia puts feminist activist on trial for pornography

Apr. 12, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A feminist artist went on trial Monday in Russia on charges of disseminating pornography after she shared artwork online depicting female bodies. Human rights groups linked her prosecution to the Kremlin’s conservative stance promoting “traditional family values.” ...

'We failed the test' of COVID-19, says human rights champion

Apr. 07, 2021 04:16 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Agnès Callamard is best known for her investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and has made a career uncovering extrajudicial killings. The French human rights expert's focus on rights abuses is taking on new dimensions as she...

EU takes Poland to court over judicial independence concerns

Mar. 31, 2021 09:31 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is referring Poland to Europe's top court over long-standing concerns about respect for the rule of law and the independence of the country's Supreme Court judges, EU officials said Wednesday. The bloc's executive commission said it...

UN rights investigator Agnes Callamard named Amnesty chief

Mar. 28, 2021 20:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Agnes Callamard, who led a United Nations’ investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has been appointed the new leader of Amnesty International. The international human rights group said Callamard’s four-year term as secretary...

Belarus authorities arrest dozens ahead of planned protests

Mar. 24, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities intensified their crackdown on dissent in Belarus ahead of planned protests against the nation's authoritarian president and detained dozens of people Wednesday, according to human rights activists. The opposition is planning...

EXPLAINER: Qatar prepares for World Cup amid rights concerns

Mar. 23, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

As European teams set out on their paths to the 2022 World Cup, scrutiny of Qatar is far from subsiding. Criticism is intensifying as teams come under pressure from activists and fans to register disapproval of discriminatory laws and conditions for the migrant workers...

Senegal opposition leader released as new clashes erupt

Mar. 08, 2021 15:38 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Riot police in armed personnel carriers fired tear gas and rubber bullets at crowds in Senegal's capital on Monday hours after authorities freed opposition leader Ousmane Sonko from custody following days of violent protests in one of West Africa's most stable...

Thousands of Ukrainian women march against domestic violence

Mar. 08, 2021 10:26 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands of women marched through the center of Ukraine's capital on International Women's Day to draw attention to domestic violence, which has risen sharply amid restrictions imposed to block the spread of coronavirus. Many of those in the Monday...

Reporter faces trial in case seen as attack on press rights

Mar. 05, 2021 14:14 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa journalist faces trial Monday on charges stemming from her coverage of a protest against racial injustice, a case that prosecutors have pursued despite international condemnation from free press advocates who say she was just doing her job. ...