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Rohingya seek reparations from Facebook for role in massacre

Sep. 28, 2022 20:06 PM EDT

With roosters crowing in the background as he speaks from the crowded refugee camp in Bangladesh that's been his home since 2017, Maung Sawyeddollah, 21, describes what happened when violent hate speech and disinformation targeting the Rohingya minority in Myanmar began to spread on Facebook. ...

Kurdish officials: Death toll climbs in Iranian drone attack

Sep. 28, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

KOYA, Iraq (AP) — An Iranian drone bombing campaign targeting the bases of an Iranian-Kurdish opposition group in northern Iraq on Wednesday killed at least nine people and wounded 32 others, the Kurdish Regional Government’s Health Ministry said. The strikes took place as...

Amnesty says Egypt trying to cover up rights violations

Sep. 21, 2022 11:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Amnesty International accused Egypt on Wednesday of attempting to cover up a decade of “unrelenting violations of human rights" in order to improve its international standing ahead of hosting the world climate summit. Egypt’s human rights record has come under...

Organizers say Pride march will go on in Serbia despite ban

Sep. 16, 2022 13:47 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Organizers of European LGBTQ events in Belgrade this week said Friday they will hold a planned Pride march on the streets of the Serbian capital despite a police ban and threats from anti-gay groups. Serbian police have banned Saturday's parade, citing a...

Amnesty says 6 from minority Shiite family killed by Taliban

Sep. 16, 2022 10:34 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A leading international rights group released a harrowing report Friday about six members of an extended minority Shiite family in Afghanistan who were brutally killed by the Taliban earlier this summer. It accused Afghanistan's new rulers of blatant disregard of human rights and...

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...

Mexico's Senate votes to hand over National Guard to army

Sep. 09, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Senate passed a bill early Friday handing control of the country’s recently created National Guard over to the military. When the National Guard was created under a Constitutional reform in 2019, it was placed under civilian control. But most of its...

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...

Ex-reporter jailed for 22 years in Russia on treason charges

Sep. 05, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A former journalist was convicted of treason and handed a 22-year prison sentence on Monday after a trial that has been widely seen as politically motivated and marked a new step in a sweeping crackdown on the media and Kremlin critics. The sentence handed to Ivan...

Saudi doctoral student gets 34 years in prison for tweets

Aug. 18, 2022 11:34 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi court has sentenced a doctoral student to 34 years in prison for spreading “rumors” and retweeting dissidents, according to court documents obtained Thursday, a decision that has drawn growing global condemnation. Activists and lawyers...