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Rights group accuses Poland of crackdown on protesters

Varsovia - Amnesty International on Thursday alleged police and justice authorities in Poland are suppressing anti-government protesters, a claim flatly rejected by the interior ministry.

Polish PM backs proposed ban on 'eugenic abortion'

Varsovia - Poland's conservative prime minister said Thursday she supports a draft law banning eugenic abortion in Poland, a devoutly Catholic country which already has one of the EU's most restrictive abortion rules.

Uproar as Turkey detains top civil society figure

Istanbul - Turkish police have detained businessman and leading civil society activist Osman Kavala, reports and his lawyer said Thursday, raising fresh alarm over freedom of expression under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Uproar as Turkey detains top civil society figure

Istanbul - Turkish police have detained a businessman who is one of the country's leading civil society figures, reports and his lawyer said Thursday, raising fresh alarm over freedom of expression under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

IMF policies undermine human rights: UN expert

Washington - The International Monetary Fund's lending policies are undermining United Nations human rights and development goals, an independent expert commissioned by the UN said Wednesday.

Tajikistan announces official register of gay citizens

Dushanbe - Authoritarian Tajikistan announced Tuesday it had drawn up a register of 367 allegedly gay citizens, suggesting they would be required to undergo testing to avoid "the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases.

DR Congo wins seat on UN rights council despite US opposition

New York - The Democratic Republic of Congo was elected to the UN Human Rights Council on Monday despite opposition from the United States and a leading rights group.DR Congo was among the 15 countries who won seats during a vote at the UN General Assembly.

Europe watchdog questions Azerbaijan over fears of LGBT crackdown

Bakou - A European rights watchdog on Monday expressed concern over a wave of arrests in Azerbaijan last month of people who made "offers of sexual services" that human rights groups say targets the Muslim country's gay community.

Hungary NGO sues government over anti-Soros questionnaire

Budapest - A Hungarian refugee rights group said Saturday it has sued Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government for defamation over a "national consultation" questionnaire sent to households nationwide about US billionaire George Soros.

Philippines' Duterte warns of 'revolutionary government'

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned he is prepared to establish a "revolutionary government" to fend off alleged efforts to oust him, fuelling fears of a looming dictatorship.

Philippines' Duterte warns of 'revolutionary government'

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned he is prepared to establish a "revolutionary government" to fend off alleged efforts to oust him, fuelling fears of a looming dictatorship.

UN fears 2017 will be record year for attacks on schools

New York - With 500 attacks on schools documented in just six months, 2017 is shaping up as a record year for the number of schools bombed and destroyed in war zones like Yemen, South Sudan and Syria, a UN official said Friday.

Spain refuses to extradite author to Turkey

Madrid - Spain said Friday it would not extradite a German-Turkish author accused by Turkey of "terrorism", weeks after freeing a journalist wanted by Ankara.

Don't isolate Turkey, warn writers caught in crackdown

Frankfurt Am Main - Thinking back to his months in an Istanbul prison last year, Turkish journalist Can Dundar recalls a fellow inmate asking a guard for a book from the prison library."We don't have the book, but we have the author," came the reply.

Philippines' Duterte threatens to expel EU ambassadors

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Thursday to expel European ambassadors within 24 hours, accusing their governments without citing evidence of plotting to have Manila expelled from the United Nations.

Manal al-Sharif, driving change for Saudi women

Frankfurt Am Main - For Manal al-Sharif, the self-described "accidental activist" who spearheaded the campaign against the ban on female drivers in Saudi Arabia, the time for women to be silent is over.

China raps Britain after activist barred from Hong Kong

Bejing - China has lodged a diplomatic protest with Britain after London demanded to know why a British human rights activist was barred from entering Hong Kong, it said Thursday.

New rape claims against UN peacekeepers in C. Africa

New York - Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic are accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl, the United Nations said Wednesday, the latest in a spate of rape claims that have hit the UN mission.

British human rights activist barred from entering Hong Kong

Hong Kong - A British human rights activist who has criticised the jailing of democracy campaigners in Hong Kong was barred Wednesday from visiting the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

Army in 'systematic' bid to drive Rohingya from Myanmar: UN

Geneva - Myanmar's "systematic" crackdown on the Rohingya has been designed to permanently eliminate the minority Muslim community from their home in Rakhine state, the United Nations said Wednesday.

Singapore's death penalty reform flawed: Amnesty

Singapore - Singapore's reforms to its use of the death penalty are flawed, with some low-level drug offenders still being denied leniency and sent to the gallows, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Death penalty has 'no place in 21st century:' UN chief

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an end to the death penalty Tuesday, insisting it has "no place in the 21st century.

Egyptian legal scholar wins top rights prize

Geneva - An Egyptian legal scholar and a leading figure in his country's embattled rights movement won one of the world's most prestigious human rights prizes on Tuesday.

Activists have high hopes with Kosovo's first gay pride parade

Pristina - About 300 people marched through Kosovo's capital on Tuesday at the first gay pride parade in the strongly conservative country which has a large Muslim majority.

Rwanda military uses torture to force confessions: HRW

Kigali - Rwanda's military has used asphyxiation, electric shock and mock executions to torture confessions out of detainees, Human Rights Watch said in a report published Tuesday.

Thousands march for Mapuche rights in Chile

Santiago - Chilean police used tear gas and water cannon in clashes with protestors on Monday as around 5,000 people marched in support of Mapuche rights.

Duterte popularity dips after Philippines drug war protests: poll

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has suffered his first major drop in popularity, an independent pollster found, after the deaths of two Manila teenagers in his controversial anti-crime crackdown triggered mass protests.

Couple in Nepal's 'first transgender marriage' finds acceptance

Pithoragarh - Born and raised as a boy in rural Nepal, Monika Shahi Nath never dreamed that one day she would be a bride, adored and accepted as a wife and daughter-in-law.

Turkey Amnesty activists risk up to 15 years in jail: indictment

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors on Sunday demanded up to 15 years jail for almost a dozen activists, including leaders of Amnesty International in Turkey, in a case intensifying alarm over freedom of expression in the country.

The ACLU, fighting for US civil rights for nearly a century

Washington - The night Donald Trump took the White House in a shock electoral victory ushered in a new US political reality -- and drove the American Civil Liberties Union into the resistance.
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