ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A report by human rights groups says the number of violent attacks on minorities in Greece increased in 2018, and the authors are expressing concern that divisive campaign...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just weeks after insisting that American airstrikes in Somalia had killed no civilians, U.S. Africa Command said Friday that new information reveals that a woman and a child died...
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Amnesty International on Wednesday slammed plans by Brunei to implement what the rights group called "vicious" Islamic criminal laws such as stoning to death for gay...
WASHINGTON (AP) — There is credible evidence that U.S. military airstrikes in Somalia have killed or wounded nearly two dozen civilians, an international human rights group said Tuesday, charging...
Rights group: EU complicit in violence against migrants
BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A leading rights group has accused European Union states of complacency in the "systematic, unlawful and frequently violent pushbacks" by Croatian border guards of...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is moving toward closing immigration services offices outside the United States, saying it is expected to free up millions of dollars a year to...
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group voiced concern Thursday for the safety and well-being of an Egyptian transgender woman arrested in a police raid on her home in Cairo.
CAIRO (AP) — Dozens of Egyptian activists, rights defenders and journalists have been targeted by digital phishing attacks in the last two months, likely by their own government, an international...
Amnesty says impunity emboldens Mideast rights violations
BEIRUT (AP) — The world community's "chilling complacency toward wide-scale human rights violations" in the Middle East and North Africa emboldened governments to commit "appalling" violations...
Amnesty calls on Hamas to cancel reporter’s trial
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A leading rights group is calling on Gaza's Hamas rulers to cancel the trial of a Palestinian journalist who exposed government corruption.
Philippine journalist, Duterte critic arrested in libel case
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The award-winning head of a Philippine online news site that has aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte's administration was arrested Wednesday by government agents in a libel case.
Rights group says Egypt executed 6 Islamists in 2 weeks
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says Egypt has executed three Muslim Brotherhood members sentenced to death following torture and beatings to extract confessions.
Wednesday's statement from Amnesty International says the executions brought the total number of Islamists executed in Egypt to six within a span of two weeks.
The three were convicted of killing a police officer in Cairo in Sep. 2013.
US ambassador says Cameroon relations good despite aid cut
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The United States has cut some military aid to Cameroon over human rights concerns but the countries' relations remain excellent, the U.S. ambassador asserted Thursday, while the central African nation's government remained silent.
France said it would not follow the U.S. lead despite a call by Amnesty International for other donors to take similar action.
Correction: Yemen story
CAIRO (AP) — In a story Feb. 6 about Western arms supplied to the Yemen war, The Associated Press incorrectly cited Amnesty International researcher Patrick Wilcken as saying that American and British weapons had ended up in the hands of the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. The researcher said only that the arms had been siphoned off to local militias in Yemen that are backed by the United Arab Emirates.
Foreign aid groups accuse Indian government of impeding work
NEW DELHI (AP) — Their offices raided, bank accounts frozen and travel restricted, international aid and rights groups with deep roots in India say they are struggling to operate under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has elevated the role of sympathetic homegrown social organizations while cracking down on foreign charities.
US cuts military aid to Cameroon over human rights concerns
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States said Wednesday it is cutting some military aid to Cameroon over human rights concerns after growing allegations of abuses by security forces, a significant step against a solid ally in central Africa that is gripped by fighting between the government and Anglophone separatists.
Rights groups urge UN to press China over Uighur detentions
GENEVA (AP) — Some leading advocacy groups are calling on the United Nations to take action to help prod the Chinese government to end the "mass detentions" of Muslim Uighurs in western China.
Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and other groups have appealed to the Human Rights Council — the top U.N. human rights body — to launch an "international fact-finding mission" in the western Xinjiang region where such detentions have occurred.
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Nigeria’s army rejects Amnesty report of deadly attack
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nigeria's army is rejecting an Amnesty International report that said Boko Haram extremists killed at least 60 people in a "devastating" attack on the northeastern border town of Rann.
In a statement posted on Facebook on Saturday, the army dismissed as "outlandish and unverified" the witness statements that soldiers had left their posts the day before Monday's attack.
Boko Haram kills at least 60 in Nigeria attack: Amnesty
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Boko Haram has killed at least 60 people in a "devastating" attack on the northeastern Nigeria border town of Rann, Amnesty International said Friday, calling it one of the deadliest assaults by the extremist group in its nearly decade-long insurgency.
Amnesty urges travel sites to ban Israel settlement listings
JERUSALEM (AP) — Amnesty International on Wednesday urged online travel sites to ban listings from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
The London-based rights group's report, titled "Destination: Occupation," said rental sites Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and TripAdvisor are driving tourism to settlements that most of the world considers illegal.
Cameroon authorities arrest opposition leader in crackdown
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An international rights group says Cameroonian authorities have arrested a top opposition leader and four of his supporters after they called for nationwide protests.
Amnesty International on Tuesday said the arrests of Maurice Kamto and others on Monday signal an escalating government crackdown in Cameroon on opposition leaders, human rights defenders and activists. It called for their immediate and unconditional release.
Amnesty says Egypt detained 113 in 2018 for their views
CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International said Thursday that Egyptian authorities detained at least 113 people in 2018 for peacefully expressing their views, saying the country has become more dangerous than at any time in recent history for anyone openly criticizing the government.
In a statement, the London-based rights group said those who dared criticize the government in 2018 were sent to prison, often held in solitary confinement or subjected to forced disappearances.
Amnesty criticizes Iran’s mass arrests as US frees reporter
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran arrested more than 7,000 people last year, including dozens of journalists, in what Amnesty International on Thursday called a "shameless campaign of repression" as the U.S. released an American anchorwoman for Iranian state television held for days as a material witness.
Amnesty wants international probe for Saudi writer slaying
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Amnesty International has renewed a call for an international investigation into the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi — a slaying that has implicated some members of the Saudi crown prince's entourage.
The group made the call outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Thursday while marking the 100th day since his Oct. 2 killing by Saudi agents there.
Amnesty International calls on Poland not to deport Chechen
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Amnesty International is calling on Poland not to deport a Chechen video blogger and critic of Chechen authorities who is being sought by Russia.
The human rights group says that if Tumso Abdurakhmanov is returned to Russia he will be "at a very real risk of torture and other inhuman or degrading treatment."
That appeal was made in a letter sent last week to the Polish Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski which was shared with The Associated Press on Monday.
Netflix criticized for yanking comedian’s episode in Saudi
NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix faced criticism Wednesday from human rights groups for pulling an episode in Saudi Arabia of comedian Hasan Minhaj's "Patriot Act" series that criticized the kingdom's powerful crown prince.
The American comedian used his second episode, released Oct. 28, to criticize Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led coalition at war in Yemen.
Sudan says it will firmly deal with law-breaking protesters
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's government said it was doing everything it could to deal with shortages of basic food items and services, but warned it would not hesitate to deal firmly with anyone breaking the law, a reference to violent street protests this week over deteriorating economic conditions.
Human rights group report gains traction, Twitter hammered
NEW YORK (AP) — A report on Twitter by the human rights group Amnesty International is gaining traction and the company's shares were punished Thursday, suffering one of their worst declines this year.
The report, released earlier this week, said the social media platform has permitted a toxic online culture that allows pervasive abuse of women.
Egypt acquits 43 NGO workers on illegal funding charges
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted 43 people, including German and U.S. nationals, of charges they illegally received funding for their local and foreign non-governmental organizations, a move that Amnesty International described as a step in the right direction.
The verdict ended a seven-year legal battle that rattled civil society groups just months after a 2011 uprising forced autocrat Hosni Mubarak to step down after 29 years in power.
UN inquiry urged into Central African Republic massacre
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Amnesty International is urging the United Nations to investigate a massacre last month in Central African Republic in which the rights group says at least 70 civilians were killed while U.N. peacekeepers did not protect them.
A report released Friday cites multiple witnesses as saying the outnumbered Mauritanian peacekeepers retreated without firing a shot when rebels attacked a displaced persons camp in Alindao.
Amnesty says Islamic State group decimated rural Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group's deliberate destruction of agriculture in northern Iraq has hindered the return of hundreds of thousands of residents, Amnesty International said in a report released Thursday.
The New York-based rights group said IS fighters burnt or chopped down orchards and sabotaged wells by filling them with rubble, oil or other materials. The militants also stole or destroyed pumps, cables, generators, transformers and vital electricity lines.
Italy’s Salvini says fears about new migrant law ‘surreal’
ROME (AP) — Italy's interior minister is defending a new government-backed law eliminating the category of "humanitarian protection" for migrants, saying it will actually provide more protections to real refugees.
Matteo Salvini dismissed as "fake news of epic proportions" the alarm raised by Amnesty International and other human rights groups that thousands of migrants could be out on the streets as a result of the law.
Russian court jails 77-year-old rights activist
MOSCOW (AP) — A 77-year old Russian human rights activist was sentenced Wednesday by a Moscow court to 25 days in jail for calling for an unauthorized protest, a ruling that has drawn strong criticism from rights groups.
Charges against Lev Ponomarev, a highly respected rights activist, stemmed from a Facebook post in which he called for a protest in October in support of several teenagers accused of extremism in a case widely described as trumped up.
Amnesty to expand probe of US-led campaign in Syria’s Raqqa
BEIRUT (AP) — Amnesty International said Wednesday it's enlisting the help of thousands of online activists to speed up its investigation into the U.S.-led campaign that drove Islamic State militants from their self-styled capital of Raqqa but left the Syrian city in ruins.
Amnesty says Saudi activists beaten, tortured in detention
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Several activists imprisoned in Saudi Arabia since May, including a number of women who campaigned for the right to drive, have been beaten and tortured during interrogation, Amnesty International said Tuesday.
Rights group: Egypt tortures, disappears children
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group said Tuesday that Egypt has committed "shocking violations" against children, including torture and enforced disappearances.
Amnesty International said it has documented at least six children, including a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old, who were tortured in custody, and 12 who were subjected to enforced disappearances since 2015. It did not give the ages of the other children.
Amnesty says panicked civilians fled hospital in Hodeida
CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International says heavy fighting near a hospital in Yemen forced hundreds of patients to flee across the street, some carrying their own medical equipment, as shrapnel rained down.
Amnesty International withdraws award from Myanmar’s Suu Kyi
NEW YORK (AP) — Amnesty International has withdrawn its highest honor from Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi in light of what it said was the Nobel Peace Prize laureate's "shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for."
The human rights organization announced Monday that its secretary general, Kumi Naidoo, informed Suu Kyi that it was revoking her 2009 Ambassador of Conscience Award.
US, rights groups pressure Mauritania over slavery
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — International rights groups are urging Mauritania to release anti-slavery activists, as the United States has announced it will end trade benefits to the West African country over the continuation of slavery.
Amnesty International and 32 other human rights organizations on Thursday called for the release of 35-year-old blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, who remains in custody in an undisclosed location, with limited access to his family and no access to his lawyers.
Groups warn of civilian toll, violations in Yemen’s Hodeida
CAIRO (AP) — Aid groups warned of the plight of civilians in Yemen's contested Hodeida where casualties are mounting as a Saudi-led coalition is fighting to take the port city from the country's Shiite rebels.
Separate from the warning, a collection of aid groups, including CARE and 34 others, issued a statement on Thursday, calling for an immediate cease-fire in Yemen.
Amnesty urges Sudan to stop crackdown on journalists
CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International on Friday urged the Sudanese government to halt what it describes as "relentless harassment, intimidation and censorship of journalists" in the country.
Amnesty says 19 rights activists, lawyers arrested in Egypt
CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International says Egyptian authorities have arrested 19 rights lawyers and activists, including eight women, as part of the country's ongoing crackdown on civil society.
The London-based advocacy group says in a Thursday statement that the arrests were made in house raids that began in the early hours.
It says those arrested included 60-year-old rights lawyer Hoda Abdel-Monaim.
Indigenous rights leader reported slain in northern Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — An indigenous rights activist has been slain in the Sierra Madre mountains of northern Mexico just weeks after community members complained about a mining concession granted to outside parties on their ancestral lands.
Julian Carrillo is a leader of the Tarahumara community of Coloradas de la Virgen in Chihuahua state. The Tarahumara have fought illegal logging and other enterprises.
Key groups urge Turkey to seek UN probe of missing Khashoggi
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Leading human rights and journalists' organizations urged Turkey on Thursday to ask the United Nations to launch an investigation into the disappearance and "possible extrajudicial execution" of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Amnesty criticizes France over arms exports to Egypt
CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International criticized the French government on Tuesday and accused it of breaking its own rules over arms exports to Egypt, which the watchdog said have been used for the internal repression of civilians.
Fresh analysis of open-source multimedia content showed "Egyptian security forces firing on protesters from within French supplied armored vehicles," the rights group said in a statement, released coinciding with a news conference it was holding in Paris.
Amnesty rights worker is abducted, beaten in southern Russia
MOSCOW (AP) — An Amnesty International researcher was abducted and beaten while reporting on protests in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region, the rights group said Monday.
Researcher Oleg Kozlovsky was in Ingushetia's regional capital of Magas this month to monitor protests against a hotly-debated land swap between the southern Russian regions of Ingushetia and Chechnya when he was approached by men who told him they were protest organizers and promised him an interview.
US, rights groups say UN rights council vote lets abusers in
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Human rights groups and the United States said U.N. Human Rights Council elections Friday gave abusive countries a seat at a table where they should be called out, as nations including the Philippines and Eritrea won an uncontested election.
Eighteen countries, ranging from India to the Bahamas to Denmark, were chosen in a U.N. General Assembly vote.
Rights group criticizes US-led coalition for Raqqa deaths
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition's failure to adequately acknowledge and investigate civilian deaths in the Syrian city of Raqqa is "a slap in the face for survivors" trying to rebuild their lives a year after the offensive to oust the Islamic State group, a prominent rights group said Friday.
Amnesty chief: Trump factor helping human rights campaigns
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leader of Amnesty International said human rights movements are being galvanized globally by the actions of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Kumi Naidoo, who took over as Amnesty's secretary general last month, told The Associated Press in an interview that Trump administration policies have fueled campaigns on climate change, women's equality and other issues that predated Trump's presidency.