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China strips license of lawyer for Hong Kong activist

Jan. 15, 2021 10:11 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Chinese lawyer who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist was stripped of his law license on Friday amid efforts by Beijing to crush opposition to its tighter control over the territory. Lu Siwei, who represented one of 12 Hong Kong activists who tried to flee to Taiwan, had...

FILE - In this May 30, 2020, file photo, a demonstrator raises their fist as others gather to protest the death of George Floyd near the White House in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. Black activists are coming out strongly against a growing narrative among conservatives that equates last week’s deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol to last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests over racial injustice. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Comparison between Capitol siege, BLM protests is denounced

Jan. 14, 2021 8:29 PM EST

Black activists are coming out strongly against a growing narrative among conservatives that equates the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol with last summer's Black Lives Matter protests of racial injustice. Republican lawmakers defending President Donald Trump made the comparison again Wednesday while building...

Human rights activists show an altered image with colors symbolizing LGBT rights as they gathered outside the provincial court in Plock, Poland, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Three activists went on trial Wednesday at the court on charges of having offending religious sentiment by adding the LGBT rainbow symbol to posters of the revered icon, The Black Madonna and Baby Jesus, and publicly displaying the altered image on garbage bins and mobile toilets. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland: 3 on trial over LGBT sign on posters of revered icon

Jan. 14, 2021 4:24 PM EST

PLOCK, Poland (AP) — Three human rights activists went on trial Wednesday in Poland for alleged desecration and offending religious sentiment by adding the LGBT rights movement's rainbow symbol to posters of a revered Roman Catholic icon and publicly displaying the altered image, including on garbage bins...

Prum Chenda, center, wife of a jailed former opposition activist, is stopped by security personnel as she tries to reach the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. The trial of more than 60 critics and opponents of the Cambodian government charged with treason and other offenses for taking part in nonviolent political activities resumed Thursday, with rights advocates skeptical that justice is being served. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Activist slams 'sham trial' of Cambodia opposition members

Jan. 14, 2021 6:48 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Ten opposition activists, including a Cambodian-American lawyer, faced treason and other charges Thursday in a trial in Cambodia's capital widely criticized by rights advocates. More than 60 defendants were summoned, mostly former members or supporters of the Cambodia National...

District councillor and lawyer Daniel Wong Kwok-tung, center, is escorted by police outside his office after police search in Hong Kong, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Wong, a member of the city's Democratic Party, is known for providing legal assistance to hundreds of protesters arrested during the anti-government protests in Hong Kong in 2019.  Hong Kong national security police on Thursday arrested a lawyer and 10 others on suspicion of helping 12 Hong Kongers try to flee the city, local media reported in the latest arrests in an ongoing crackdown on dissent. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Lawyer, others arrested by Hong Kong national security unit

Jan. 14, 2021 6:09 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police on Thursday said they arrested 11 people on suspicion of assisting offenders who are believed to be the 12 Hong Kong activists detained at sea by mainland Chinese authorities while attempting to flee the city last year. District councilor and lawyer Daniel Wong Kwok-tung...

Followed by her government-assigned bodyguard, community leader Luz Nelly Santana, right, attends a meeting with other leaders who like her have received death threats in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. Santana, who runs an organization that helps community leaders fleeing violence to settle in Bogota, is one of the thousands of activists assigned some sort of government protection. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombia struggles to keep social leaders safe

Jan. 13, 2021 10:45 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Just taking a walk in the streets of Colombia’s capital can feel dangerous for Luz Nelly Santana. The Afro-Colombian community leader sometimes she uses a hat or a turban for disguise. She always wears a bulletproof vest. And she's followed by a bodyguard assigned by the...

FILE - This Aug. 17, 2017 file photo shows Meredith C. Anding Jr. in Jackson, Miss. Anding, one of the

Meredith Anding Jr., member of the 'Tougaloo Nine,' dies

Jan. 12, 2021 10:38 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Meredith C. Anding Jr., a member of the “Tougaloo Nine," who famously participated in a library “read-in” in segregated Mississippi 60 years ago, has died. He was 79. Anding was diagnosed with leukemia and had been sick since March, his son Armaan Anding said. He...

Seattle police union head won’t resign after attack remarks

Jan. 12, 2021 6:38 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The president of Seattle’s rank and file police union says he will not step down, despite growing calls for his resignation after he blamed, in part, the “far left” and Black Lives Matter activists for the pro-Trump siege on the U.S. Capitol. In a letter to Seattle...

College employee accused of being Proud Boy, no fault found

Jan. 12, 2021 12:04 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State University said its investigation into an employee accused of being a member of the Proud Boys and publishing personal information about left-wing activists “did not substantiate any significant allegations.” University spokesperson Mick Kulikowski...

FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2007, file photo, Adam Piper, one of only four full-time staffers for Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign in South Carolina, answers calls and returns emails from the state campaign headquarters in Columbia, S.C. Piper, the executive director of a national group that advocates for Republican attorneys general has resigned in the fallout of a robocall sent out by the association’s political arm urging people to march to the U.S. Capitol last week ahead of the violent assault that followed. The Republican Attorneys General Association and the Rule of Law Defense Fund accepted the voluntary resignation of Piper on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick, File)

Republican AGs group leader quits over call pushing protest

Jan. 11, 2021 9:19 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The executive director of a national group that advocates for Republican attorneys general has resigned in the fallout of a robocall urging people to march to the U.S. Capitol ahead of the violent assault last week. The Republican Attorneys General Association and the Rule of Law...