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Infantino scolds World Cup critics in extraordinary diatribe

Nov. 19, 2022 09:04 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Gianni Infantino said he feels gay. That he feels like a woman. That he feels like a migrant worker. He lectured Europeans for criticizing Qatar’s human rights record and defended the host country’s last-minute decision to ban beer from World Cup stadiums. ...

Ugandan activist living in Vermont gets deportation reprieve

Nov. 18, 2022 12:39 PM EST

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — Authorities in Vermont say a Ugandan activist who fled his home country after he says he was repeatedly tortured for his human rights work and would fear for his life if he was deported can stay another year. Steven Tendo, a 37-year-old pastor, was granted a...

Sri Lanka urged to drop terror charges for 2 protest leaders

Nov. 17, 2022 02:57 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Sri Lankan government is being urged to drop charges against two protest leaders detained for more than three months following the anti-government demonstrations that engulfed the island nation earlier this year. Amnesty International also renewed its...

Amnesty: Egypt has days to save jailed activist's life

Nov. 06, 2022 21:35 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International's head on Sunday warned that the proceedings of COP27 in Egypt could be stained by the death of one of the country's leading rights activists from a hunger and water strike in prison if Egyptian authorities do not release him within days. ...

Activists fear for Qatar workers as World Cup spotlight dims

Nov. 06, 2022 01:44 AM EDT

With just days to go before Qatar hosts the World Cup, rights groups fear that a window for addressing the widespread exploitation of foreign workers could soon close. The long run-up to this month's World Cup has brought unprecedented scrutiny to the treatment of the millions of...

Amnesty: Fuel suppliers aiding Myanmar attacks on civilians

Nov. 03, 2022 09:21 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Amnesty International is urging suppliers of aviation fuel to Myanmar to suspend their shipments to prevent the military from using them to conduct an increasing number of air attacks on civilian targets. In a report released Thursday, the London-based rights group...

Russian lawmakers vet new bill against LGBTQ 'propaganda'

Oct. 27, 2022 13:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill that imposes tough new restrictions on activities to promote LGBTQ rights in the country. A 2013 Russian law banned what authorities deem to be the “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” to...

Ethnic group says Myanmar air attack kills 80 at celebration

Oct. 24, 2022 21:39 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Air strikes by Myanmar’s military killed as many as 80 people, including singers and musicians, attending an anniversary celebration of the Kachin ethnic minority’s main political organization, members of the group and a rescue worker said Monday. The reported...

Security forces kill at least 60 as protests engulf Chad

Oct. 20, 2022 18:50 PM EDT

N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Chadian security forces opened fire on anti-government demonstrators in the country's two largest cities Thursday killing at least 60 people, the government spokesman and a morgue official said. Authorities imposed a curfew after the violence, which came amid...

Digital activists challenge Uganda's harsh new internet law

Oct. 17, 2022 10:20 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan activists launched a legal challenge Monday to controversial new legislation criminalizing some internet activity in the East African country. Their petition to the constitutional court argues that the description of computer-related crimes in the...