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'Foreign' agents pitch has El Salvador civil society on edge

Nov. 17, 2021 10:31 AM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador President Nayib Bukele has pitched a proposed law requiring people and organizations who receive foreign funding to register as “foreign agents,” following the lead of countries like the United States. When the U.S....

Critics: Greece criminalizes migration, prosecutes helpers

Nov. 15, 2021 02:52 AM EST

CHIOS, Greece (AP) — Among the prison inmates of the Greek island of Chios, three young men from Afghanistan and Somalia are serving dramatically long sentences: 50 years for two of them, a staggering 142 for the third. But these are not violent criminals, even...

Civic groups slam El Salvador's bill on outside funding

Nov. 10, 2021 18:31 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Civic groups and activists criticized Wednesday a proposal by President Nayib Bukele’s to ban foreign donations or funding for non-governmental organizations that supposedly carry out political activity in El Salvador. The groups said...

Israeli dossier on rights groups contains little evidence

Nov. 06, 2021 01:46 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A confidential Israeli dossier detailing alleged links between Palestinian human rights groups and an internationally designated terrorist organization contains little concrete evidence and failed to convince European countries to stop funding the groups. ...

The Latest: Activists give Poland 'Fossil of the Day' award

Nov. 04, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

The latest on the U.N. climate summit COP26 in Glasgow: GLASGOW, Scotland — Environmental campaigners have awarded their ‘Fossil of the Day’ award to the Polish government for giving — and then apparently backtracking on — a pledge to speed up its phaseout of...

German NGO rescues 800 in six operations, heading to Italy

Nov. 04, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A rescue ship carrying nearly 400 migrants picked up another 400 people from a two-tier wooden boat that had started to sink overnight in the central Mediterranean Sea, a German charity that operates the ship said Thursday. The nongovernmental organization...

Human rights activists handed prison terms in Belarus

Nov. 03, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A court in Belarus on Wednesday handed prison sentences to two human rights activists, part of an ongoing crackdown on nongovernmental organizations and independent media in the ex-Soviet country. The court in the eastern city of Homiel sentenced...

Amnesty International to close Hong Kong offices this year

Oct. 25, 2021 23:14 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The human rights group Amnesty International said it will close its two offices in Hong Kong this year, becoming the latest non-governmental organization to cease operations amid a crackdown on political dissent in the city. The group said its local...

Volunteers in the sky watch over migrant rescues by sea

Oct. 17, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

ABOARD THE SEABIRD (AP) — As dozens of African migrants traversed the Mediterranean Sea on a flimsy white rubber boat, a small aircraft circling 1,000 feet above closely monitored their attempt to reach Europe. The twin-engine Seabird, owned by the German...

Peru president challenged by his own party over Cabinet

Oct. 14, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The leader of the Marxist party that carried Pedro Castillo to Peru's presidency said Thursday it won't support his newly named Cabinet, creating a political strain on a government with less than 100 days in office. The leader of the Free Peru party,...