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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...

Ex-prison officer sentenced for sexual abuse of inmates

Jun. 15, 2022 04:05 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A former correctional officer at the Federal Medical Center in Kentucky has been sentenced to more than 11 years after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of inmates. Christopher Brian Goodwin, 46, pleaded guilty in March to deprivation of rights under color of...

Ukraine: UK man's family 'devastated' by death sentence

Jun. 11, 2022 10:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The family of a British man condemned to death for fighting for Ukraine said it is devastated by the outcome of what it termed a “show trial" and called Saturday for him to be released and accorded the treatment an international human rights convention guarantees prisoners of war....

Ex-St. Louis jail guard gets prison for inmate's beating

Jun. 08, 2022 09:27 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former St. Louis jail guard has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for allowing two detainees to beat another inmate in his cell last year. Demeria Thomas, 39, was sentenced Tuesday after she pleaded guilty in February to depriving an inmate of his...

Ex-deputy warden pleads guilty in Mississippi inmate beating

May. 26, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former deputy warden at the Mississippi State Penitentiary has pleaded guilty in a case involving the beating of an inmate, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday. In a news release, officials said Melvin Hilson, 49, pleaded guilty to violating the...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

May. 24, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

Anderson Herald Bulletin. May 23, 2022. Editorial: Outbreak of Legionnaires’ may be costly to state Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in prisons are occasionally downplayed by the officials in charge of penal institutions. Earlier this year, it was...

PEN America honors activists, artists and dissidents

May. 24, 2022 00:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — From an imprisoned Ukranian journalist to a high school activist in Florida, PEN America paid tribute Monday night to democracy and free expression and warned about the dangers faced in the U.S. and abroad. "Instead of being able focus on menial responsibilities...

Russia's claim of Mariupol's capture fuels concern for POWs

May. 21, 2022 22:29 PM EDT

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Concern mounted Saturday over Ukrainian fighters who became prisoners at the end of Russia's brutal three-month siege of Mariupol, as a Moscow-backed separatist leader vowed they would face tribunals. Russia claimed full control of the Azovstal steel plant,...

Guatemala judge threatened after decision on civil war crime

May. 11, 2022 21:27 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemala judge who last week ordered nine former police and military officers to stand trial for alleged crimes during that country’s civil war, said Wednesday that death threats against him had increased since announcing his decision. “They send me...

Ex-Guatemala officers to stand trial for civil war crimes

May. 06, 2022 16:01 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A judge in Guatemala ruled Friday that nine former police and military officers will stand trial for a range of alleged crimes, including forced disappearances, torture and killings during that country’s civil war. In reading his decision, Judge Miguel Angel...