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Sri Lanka urged to free student activist held over protests

Jan. 17, 2023 10:08 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Human rights groups urged Sri Lanka's government to release a prominent student activist who was arrested five months ago during anti-government protests triggered by the country's worst economic crisis and has been held without charges under harsh anti-terrorism laws. ...

Greek trial of volunteer migrant rescuers to resume Friday

Jan. 10, 2023 09:55 AM EST

MYTILENE, Greece (AP) — Two dozen Greek and foreign aid workers and volunteers who participated in migrant rescue operations on an eastern Greek island have gone on trial in a smuggling-related case that’s been widely criticized by human rights groups. The 24 defendants deny all...

Best of CES 2023: Nutrition tracking and a very smart mixer

Jan. 09, 2023 16:26 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — From an AI oven that promises to warn you when your food is about to burn to a mixing bowl designed to take the hassle out of tracking calories, food tech was a key theme at this year's CES tech show in Las Vegas. Brad Jashinsky, a director analyst at research firm...

Ethiopians file lawsuit against Meta over hate speech in war

Dec. 14, 2022 06:21 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Two Ethiopians have filed a lawsuit against Facebook’s parent company, Meta, over hate speech they say was allowed and even promoted on the social media platform amid heated rhetoric over their country’s deadly Tigray conflict. Former Amnesty International...

Amnesty rights group slams Spain, Morocco on migrant deaths

Dec. 13, 2022 11:15 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Amnesty International says Morocco and Spain have failed to properly investigate the deaths of more than 20 migrants at the border of Spanish enclave city of Melilla in northwest Africa in June, saying that “smacks of a cover-up and racism.” A report released...

Amnesty International Canada says it was hacked by Beijing

Dec. 06, 2022 00:04 AM EST

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian branch of Amnesty International said Monday it was the target of a cyberattack sponsored by China. The human rights organization said it first detected the breach Oct. 5 and hired forensic investigators and cybersecurity experts to investigate. ...

Imprisoned Belarusian activist undergoes surgery

Nov. 30, 2022 12:59 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A prominent member of the Belarusian opposition serving an 11-year prison sentence for helping stage anti-government protests had undergone an undisclosed surgical procedure, her father said Wednesday. Alexander Kolesnikov said his daughter, Maria...

Infantino scolds World Cup critics in extraordinary diatribe

Nov. 19, 2022 09:04 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Gianni Infantino said he feels gay. That he feels like a woman. That he feels like a migrant worker. He lectured Europeans for criticizing Qatar’s human rights record and defended the host country’s last-minute decision to ban beer from World Cup stadiums. ...

Ugandan activist living in Vermont gets deportation reprieve

Nov. 18, 2022 12:39 PM EST

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — Authorities in Vermont say a Ugandan activist who fled his home country after he says he was repeatedly tortured for his human rights work and would fear for his life if he was deported can stay another year. Steven Tendo, a 37-year-old pastor, was granted a...

Sri Lanka urged to drop terror charges for 2 protest leaders

Nov. 17, 2022 02:57 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Sri Lankan government is being urged to drop charges against two protest leaders detained for more than three months following the anti-government demonstrations that engulfed the island nation earlier this year. Amnesty International also renewed its...