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Authorities in Uganda suspend prominent LGBTQ rights group

Aug. 06, 2022 06:47 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan authorities have suspended the work of a prominent LGBTQ rights group, calling it an illegal entity. Sexual Minorities Uganda has been the East African nation's most prominent support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people...

Concern that Nicaragua repression could be "model" in region

Aug. 04, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega’s government has closed seven radio stations owned by the Roman Catholic church this week, as well as two other outlets serving the largely rural northern area with a history of opposition to his Sandinista National Liberation Front party. ...

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...

Lawsuit: UK officials had concerns with Rwanda deportations

Jul. 19, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Officials at Britain's Foreign Office warned against the U.K.'s plans to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda, citing the East African country's human rights record, according to documents cited in a lawsuit brought against the British government. In written submissions...

Europeans reject Israeli charges against Palestinian NGOs

Jul. 12, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

Nine European countries said Tuesday that they have seen “no substantial evidence” to support Israel's allegations that six Palestinian civil society groups are terrorist organizations and would not change their policies on supporting the groups. The rare joint statement was a...

1972 'Napalm Girl' escorts Ukraine refugees to Canada

Jul. 04, 2022 15:36 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Phan Thị Kim Phuc, the girl in the famous 1972 Vietnam napalm attack photo, on Monday escorted 236 refugees from Russia's war in Ukraine on a flight from Warsaw to Canada. Phuc’s iconic Associated Press photo in which she runs with her napalm-scalded body...

Ukraine lays out $750B 'recovery plan' for postwar future

Jul. 04, 2022 11:28 AM EDT

LUGANO, Switzerland (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Monday the reconstruction of his war-battered country is the “common task of the entire democratic world," as his prime minister laid out a $750 billion recovery plan once the guns of Russia's invaders fall silent one day....

Nicaragua closes Mother Teresa charity, 100 other groups

Jun. 29, 2022 23:34 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Nicaraguan government closed 101 more civic and charity groups Wednesday, including the local branch of the Missionaries of Charity established by Mother Teresa. The closures were approved by the country’s congress and bring to 758 the number of...

US sanctions 93 Nicaraguan officials for crackdown

Jun. 13, 2022 16:00 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. State Department imposed visa restrictions Monday on 93 more Nicaraguan officials for their role in supporting the regime of President Daniel Ortega. Ortega jailed dozens of opposition figures in order to win a fourth consecutive term in Nov. 7...

WTO holds big meeting to tackle vaccines, food shortages

Jun. 12, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Trade Organization predicted a “bumpy and rocky" road as it opened its highest-level meeting in 4-1/2 years on Sunday, with issues like pandemic preparedness, food insecurity and overfishing of the world’s seas on the agenda. At a time when...