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NGO coalition says new tack needed to fight Sahel insurgency

Bamako - Some 50 NGOs on Tuesday called for a fresh approach to fighting jihadism in Africa's vast Sahel region, including dialogue with insurgents and protecting civilians from soldiers.

UN expert urges Laos to free critics

Bangkok - A UN rights expert has urged Laos to free three activists serving long prison sentences for criticising the country's authoritarian communist government.

Russian prison threatens to force-feed Navalny

Moscow - Russian prison officials are threatening to start force-feeding jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, his team said Monday, after he lost eight kilograms (18 pounds) since starting a hunger strike.

Russian prison threatens to force-feed Navalny: team

Moscow - Russian prison officials are threatening to start force-feeding jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, his team said Monday, after he lost eight kilograms (18 pounds) since starting a hunger strike.

Polish teen's fake beauty site helps lockdown abuse victims

Warsaw - Worried about reports of rising domestic violence during lockdown, Polish teen Krysia Paszko set up a website purporting to be a cosmetics shop that actually offers victims covert help.

Jailed Navalny losing sensation in hands: lawyer

Moscow - The health of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is deteriorating as he keeps up his hunger strike in prison, his lawyers said Wednesday, with US President Joe Biden's administration saying it is "disturbed" by the reports.

Xinjiang the musical sings to Beijing's tune of ethnic unity

Bejing - A new state-produced musical set in Xinjiang inspired by Hollywood blockbuster "La La Land" has hit China's cinemas, portraying a rural idyll of ethnic cohesion devoid of repression, mass surveillance and even the Islam of its majority Uyghur populatio...

China defies boycott calls with Beijing 2022 Olympic tests

Bejing - The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics launched a series of test events on Thursday as China ploughs on with preparations despite calls for a boycott over its treatment of the Uyghur minority.

Hong Kong domestic worker fired after cancer diagnosis dies

Fpo - A Filipina who was sacked as a domestic worker in Hong Kong after being diagnosed with cancer -- a case that exposed the vulnerability of low-paid foreign workers -- has passed away, a friend confirmed Wednesday.

Vietnam jails four activists up to 10 years on anti-state charges

Hanoi - Four activists have been jailed for up to ten years after Vietnamese courts found them guilty of spreading "anti-state propaganda".Vietnam's communist government is swearing in a new cabinet, with top leaders taking office in the next few days.

Turning page on Trump, US vows to defend rights everywhere

Washington - The United States will speak out about human rights everywhere including in allies and at home, Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowed Tuesday, turning a page from Donald Trump as he bemoaned deteriorations around the world.

UN in talks with China for unrestricted Xinjiang visit

Montr - The UN is in negotiations with Beijing for a visit "without restrictions" to Xinjiang to see how the Uyghur minority is being treated, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

World Press Photo opens in Hong Kong after being nixed over security fears

Fpo - An exhibition of World Press Photo winners opened at a different venue in Hong Kong Sunday after a local university called off the event that features images of the city's 2019 pro-democracy protests because of security fears.

China sanctions US, Canadian citizens in Xinjiang row

Bejing - China announced sanctions against two Americans, a Canadian and a rights advocacy body Saturday over their criticism of Beijing's treatment of Uyghurs, but Washington said the tit-for-tat measure would only intensify the spotlight on Xinjiang.

Turkish ex-police chiefs jailed for journalist murder

Istanbul - An Istanbul court on Friday handed life sentences to two former police chiefs and two top ex-security officers over the gangland-style killing of a high-profile Turkish-Armenian journalist who promoted cross-cultural ties.

Turkish ex-police chiefs jailed for journalist murder

Istanbul - Turkish judges on Friday handed life sentences to two former police chiefs and two top ex-security officers over the 2007 killing of a Turkish-Armenian journalist, local media reported.

Bangladesh turns 50 as rights groups cry foul

Dhaka - Bangladesh marked 50 years of independence from Pakistan on Friday as rights groups issued a joint plea for the country's economic success to be matched by an end to growing political repression.

China squeezes Western brands as Xinjiang backlash builds

Bejing - China on Thursday launched a PR war on Western brands critical of rights abuses against Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang, with celebrities severing ties to Nike and Adidas, H&M facing a boycott and Burberry dumped from a deal with a gaming ...

UN rights body condemns 'grave violations' in Belarus

Geneva - The UN rights council called Wednesday on Belarus to halt its crackdown on peaceful demonstrators, urging the UN rights chief to probe violations in connection with last year's controversial presidential vote.

H&M's Xinjiang cotton ban sparks China backlash

Bejing - Swedish clothing giant H&M's decision to no longer source cotton from China's Xinjiang region is drawing a backlash as the Asian country adopts an increasingly assertive stance against accusations of human rights violations.

EU nations rebuke China envoys over retaliatory sanctions

Paris - France, Germany and other EU nations called in Chinese ambassadors on Tuesday to protest at sanctions imposed by Beijing targeting their citizens, as China and Europe faced off over claims of rights abuses against China's Muslim Uyghur minority.

Sri Lanka rejects UN move to protect war crimes evidence

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Tuesday rejected a UN move to preserve evidence of war crimes in the country and said the money allocated for the effort would be better spent on housing for the poor.

West riles China with sanctions over Uighur crackdown

Apo - The EU, US, Britain and Canada on Monday imposed sanctions against Chinese officials over the crackdown on the Uighurs, and Beijing responded by hitting Europeans with immediate tit-for-tat measures.

Young Tunisian activists under police pressure

Tunis - Hamza Nasri, a young Tunisian activist, hit the streets as part of anti-government protests in recent months. Now he says he is under police watch and afraid for his friends."I've moved house three times in recent months.

Protesters march in Spain demanding rapper's release

Madrid - Hundreds of demonstrators on Saturday rallied in cities across Spain, including Madrid and Barcelona, calling for the release of a controversial rapper, jailed in mid-February for tweets criticising the royal family and the security forces.

Turkey condemned for pulling out of landmark treaty protecting women

Istanbul - Turkey sparked both domestic and international outrage Saturday after it withdrew from the world's first binding treaty to prevent and combat violence against women.

Turkey pulls out of landmark treaty protecting women from violence

Istanbul - Turkey has pulled out of the world's first binding treaty to prevent and combat violence against women by presidential decree, in the latest victory for conservatives in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party.

Kazakhs take Xinjiang protest to China's doorstep

Almaty - Gulnur Kosdaulet's daily journey to protest over her husband's detention in China begins with a shared taxi that she hails outside her modest farm, where towering mountains give way to Kazakhstan's vast steppe.

UN rights chief agrees to joint Tigray probe

New York - United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has agreed to Ethiopia's request for a joint investigation into the humanitarian consequences of the conflict in the country's northern Tigray region, a UN spokesman said Wednesday.

EU visit to Xinjiang stalls over access to jailed Uighur: diplomat

Bejing - A visit by European Union ambassadors to the Xinjiang region of China has stalled over their request for access to jailed Uighur academic Ilham Tohti, a diplomatic source confirmed Wednesday.
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