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Myanmar vote ban extinguishes hope for ethnic minorities

For many marginalised ethnic minority groups in conflict-plagued regions of Myanmar, next month's national elections had at least offered a glimmer of hope for empowerment.

Kazakhs despair for relatives missing in Xinjiang

Uzynagash - When Bikamal Kaken's husband vanished during a 2017 visit to Xinjiang in northwestern China, she had good reason to believe he would not be returning home to Kazakhstan anytime soon.

China and Vatican renew historic deal on bishops

Bejing - A secretive 2018 agreement between Beijing and the Vatican was renewed Thursday, despite strident US condemnation and warnings from underground Chinese priests loyal to Rome that they have only become more marginalised since it was signed.

China and Vatican renew historic deal on bishops

Bejing - A secretive 2018 agreement between Beijing and the Vatican was renewed Thursday, despite strident US condemnation and warnings from underground Chinese priests loyal to Rome that they have only become more marginalised since it was signed.

Tanzania readies for polls after years of 'hell' for opposition

Dar Es Salaam - Tundu Lissu, shot 16 times in an assassination attempt, returned to Tanzania to run for president -- but he did not know what to expect after the "hell" experienced by the opposition under President John Magufuli.

North Korean justice system treats people as 'less than animals': HRW

Seoul - Torture, humiliation and coerced confessions are rampant in North Korea's pretrial detention system which treats people as worth "less than an animal", a rights group said Monday in a report on the country's opaque legal processes.

Terminally ill Frenchman calls off right-to-die strike

Dijon - A Frenchman who planned to refuse all food and medicine in his fight to secure right-to-die laws for terminally ill patients has called off his strike after being hospitalised, his supporters said Friday.

Saudi Arabia fails in bid to join UN rights council

New York - Saudi Arabia failed in its bid to become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday as China and Russia were elected to three-year terms.

'I insist': Film gives new voice to jailed Iran rights lawyer

Paris - Tehran, March 2018: the lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh reflects on a career that has seen her take on the most sensitive of causes in Iran, including saving juveniles from the death penalty, defending outlawed religious minorities and standing up for women's r...

'LGBTQ landmark': Tokyo opens Olympics Pride House

Apo - Tokyo on Sunday opened its first major community hub for LGBTQ people, part of a pre-Olympics project that campaigners hope will tackle stigma and raise awareness of discrimination.

Indonesia defence minister invited to US after ban lifted

Jakarta - The United States has lifted a long-time ban on Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto over alleged human rights violations and invited him to Washington next week, his aides said Friday.

'Democratic deficit' as foreigners barred from Vienna council vote

Vienna - Vienna residents will elect the city council on Sunday but almost a third of them will not vote as they are foreigners, sparking criticism that the ballot is inherently unfair.Austria has one of the highest proportions of foreign residents in the EU.

A year after Nobel, Abiy tries to beautify a divided Ethiopia

Addis Ababa - For the past year, workers have been busy transforming a disused plot of land down the hill from Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office into a park showcasing his political vision.

Nearly 40 nations demand China respect Uighur human rights

New York - The US, Japan and many EU nations joined a call on Tuesday urging China to respect the human rights of minority Uighurs, and also expressing concern about the situation in Hong Kong.

Chile president condemns police violence against protesters

Santiago - Chile's conservative President Sebastian Pinera on Tuesday condemned police violence against protesters in Santiago after an officer threw a young demonstrator from a bridge.

Locks, chains: coronavirus puts Indonesia's mentally ill back in shackles

Indonesia - Locked up all day in a tiny, squalid hut with barely enough space to lie down, Rauf is a prisoner to his mental health issues and carers whose only way of coping is to shut him away.

'I don't want to lie': Gay pioneer stands in Myanmar election

Outraged over ongoing discrimination in Myanmar, Myo Min Tun decided to stand as the first openly gay election candidate in a country where same-sex relations are illegal.

'They might as well kill us': Hundreds of migrants stuck in Bosnia

Velika Kladusa - In the far northwestern corner of Bosnia, as the bitter autumn cold sets in, hundreds of migrants are stuck in a forest as they try repeatedly to get into Croatia... and often fail.

Slow progress on women's rights decried at UN summit

New York - More than 170 countries promised during a virtual UN summit Thursday to step up their efforts to advance women's rights, while the US took aim at China's claims of leadership on the issue.

Belarus, Iran, US, Nicaragua activists win 'alternate' Nobel

Stockholm - A Belarusian pro-democracy campaigner, an imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer, a US civil rights attorney, and a Nicaraguan activist on Thursday won a top Swedish honour sometimes called "the alternative Nobel Prize.

Germany mulls law to fight labour abuses abroad

Frankfurt Am Main - When German carmakers seek cobalt from Congolese mines or when a chocolatier sources cocoa beans from Ghana, they may soon no longer be able to hide behind their suppliers if it turns out that the producers are using child labour or flouting environmen...

Russia jails Gulag historian for 13 years on sex charge

Moscow - A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced a respected Gulag historian, Yury Dmitriyev, to 13 years in prison on a controversial child sex charge.

Amnesty suspends India work due to govt 'witch-hunt'

New Delhi - Amnesty International has suspended its Indian operations after its bank accounts were frozen in what it called a government "witch-hunt" against rights groups.

Japan Airlines embraces gender neutral greetings

Apo - Japan Airlines is ditching the phrase "ladies and gentlemen" and instead embracing gender neutral terms during in-flight and airport announcements from next month, the company said Monday.

Witness arrests in gang rape case jolt Egypt's #MeToo

Apo - A climate of fear has gripped Egypt's #MeToo movement as the arrests of witnesses in a high-profile rape case threaten to derail efforts to curb male sexual violence in the Arab country.

VW pay-out to Brazil regime victims reopens debate on justice

Rio De Janeiro - Thirty-five years after the end of Brazil's military dictatorship, there has been little justice for the killing and torture committed by the regime -- but an unprecedented deal for carmaker Volkswagen to pay damages for collaborating with the secret p...

Cambodian opposition activists sentenced for treason

Phnom Penh - Seven Cambodian activists have been handed jail sentences for treason over comments posted online supporting an exiled opposition figure, their lawyer said Thursday, deepening the kingdom's crackdown on dissent.

From Belarus farm boss to Soviet-style strongman on Europe's doorstep

Minsk - Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko is a former collective farm boss who has leveraged Russian backing and Soviet-style political oppression to run a personal fiefdom on Europe's doorstep for 26 years.

France 'very worried' for hunger-striking Iran rights lawyer

Paris - France is concerned about the health of jailed Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is in hospital after going on a hunger strike for more than 40 days, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday.

Chinese tycoon and Xi critic jailed for 18 years for corruption

Bejing - A Chinese real estate tycoon and outspoken critic of President Xi Jinping was jailed for 18 years on Tuesday for "corruption, bribery and embezzlement of public funds", a court statement said.
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