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Guinea sets trial date 13 years after 2009 stadium massacre

Sep. 16, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea will try the alleged perpetrators of a 2009 stadium massacre that killed at least 157 people and left dozens of women raped, the justice minister announced Friday, drawing praise from victims' families who have waited nearly 13 years. Justice Minister...

Egypt rejects reports of stifling environment activism

Sep. 13, 2022 11:26 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt, the host of this year’s upcoming U.N.-led climate conference, is rejecting reports by a rights group saying that authorities in the Middle East country are stifling environment activism as part of a broader crackdown on dissent. According to the report by...

Rights group: Egypt stifles environmental work ahead of COP

Sep. 12, 2022 07:40 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — An international human rights group called Monday on the United Nations to ensure that countries hosting its climate conference commit to meeting human rights standards after it documented instances of repression against environmental groups in Egypt, the host of COP27 later this...

Human rights groups condemn torture in Lebanese prisons

Sep. 06, 2022 12:27 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — International human rights groups Tuesday condemned acts of torture in Lebanese prisons following the death of a Syrian refugee in detention and urged authorities to transfer the investigation into his death from a military to a civil court. Photos surfaced last week...

Rights groups urge Yemen's Houthis to end Taiz blockade

Aug. 29, 2022 12:07 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sixteen rights groups Monday urged Yemen’s Houthi rebels to end their siege of the country’s third-largest city, as the internationally recognized government said an overnight rebel attack killed at least 10 troops. The groups, including Human Rights Watch and...

Rights group says Sri Lanka harassed, intimidated protesters

Aug. 04, 2022 05:15 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international human rights group says Sri Lanka's government is using emergency laws to harass and arbitrarily detain protesters who are seeking political reform and accountability amid the island country's economic crisis. New York-based Human Rights...

Groups ask UN to investigate Beirut's massive 2020 blast

Aug. 03, 2022 10:38 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese and international organizations Wednesday called on the U.N. Human Rights Council to send a fact-finding mission to investigate the Beirut port blast two years ago, as a domestic probe continues to stall. The call by groups including Human Rights Watch and...

People protest growing insecurity in Congo's east

Jul. 25, 2022 15:14 PM EDT

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Demonstrators set fires and forced entry into the U.N. mission facilities in Congo’s eastern city of Goma, demanding that the peacekeeping forces leave the country amid rising insecurity in the region. Police shot tear gas, injuring some demonstrators, while...

Rights groups urge Sri Lanka not to use force on protesters

Jul. 23, 2022 11:07 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — International human rights groups on Saturday urged Sri Lanka’s new president to immediately order security forces to cease use of force against protesters after troops and police cleared their main camp following months of demonstrations over the country’s economic...

After years of delay 6 rights groups get UN accreditation

Jul. 22, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

After years of delays, six human rights organizations — including the foundation that runs the online encyclopedia Wikipedia — have finally received permission to raise concerns and participate in discussions at the U.N. body overseeing economic development and social issues. The...