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UN hails landmark conviction of senior Syrian official

Jan. 13, 2022 13:13 PM EST

KOBLENZ, Germany (AP) — A former Syrian secret police officer was convicted by a German court Thursday of crimes against humanity for overseeing the abuse of detainees at a jail near Damascus a decade ago, a ruling the top United Nations human rights official described as “historic.” ...

Over Ethiopia's objections, UN rights body backs war monitor

Dec. 17, 2021 10:25 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Over Ethiopia's objections, the U.N.'s main human rights body voted Friday to create an international team of experts to boost scrutiny of rights abuses in the devastating yearlong war between Ethiopian government forces and fighters from the country's Tigray region. ...

Chilean women, wary of rightist, may decide president's race

Dec. 16, 2021 15:38 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — When Chileans went to the polls last month, Elizabeth Padilla, like more than half of eligible voters in the South American country, stayed home, not feeling represented by any of the seven candidates on the ballot. But her apathy suddenly lifted when a...

Chile president signs law allowing same-sex marriage

Dec. 09, 2021 14:30 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean law permitting same-sex couples to marry and adopt was signed into law Thursday by President Sebastián Piñera in a ceremony attended by activists for LGBTand broader human rights. The ceremony came a little more than six months after the...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi convicted in further blow to democracy

Dec. 06, 2021 12:55 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader of Myanmar who was ousted in a de facto coup this year, was convicted on two charges Monday and handed a four-year sentence that was quickly cut in half — in proceedings widely criticized as a further effort by the country’s military rulers...

UN rights chief: Burkina Faso is facing a security crisis

Dec. 01, 2021 13:49 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — If insecurity in Burkina Faso keeps up, the West African nation could spiral into a humanitarian and human rights “catastrophe,” the U.N. human rights chief said Wednesday. Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. high commissioner for human...

Myanmar court sentences US journalist to 11 years in jail

Nov. 12, 2021 15:15 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Friday sentenced U.S. journalist Danny Fenster to 11 years in prison with hard labor, the maximum penalty under three charges, despite calls by the United States and rights groups for his release. It was the harshest...

UN rights body holds urgent session in wake of Sudan coup

Nov. 05, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' top human rights official on Friday condemned actions by military leaders in Sudan following a coup almost two weeks ago and called on them to “step back” to let civilian rule return. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle...

UN report says Ethiopia's war marked by 'extreme brutality'

Nov. 03, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — All sides in Ethiopia’s yearlong war in the Tigray region have committed abuses marked by “extreme brutality” that could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the U.N. human rights chief said Wednesday, noting “the big numbers of violations” are linked...

UN, US officials urge action to avert climate disaster

Oct. 28, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official and U.S. President Joe Biden's climate envoy called Thursday for countries to step up the fight against global warming, describing it as an issue of sheer survival for humankind. In a statement ahead of the U.N....