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US sanctions Myanmar military commanders over Rohingya abuses

Washington - The US government on Friday hit four Myanmar military commanders and two military units with punitive sanctions, accusing them of "serious human rights abuses" and "ethnic cleansing" in violently expelling minority Rohingya from their homes.

Brazil must let Lula run in October vote: UN panel

Geneva - The UN Human Rights Committee ruled Friday that Brazil's imprisoned leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva cannot be disqualified from upcoming presidential elections because his legal appeals are ongoing.

Japan must do more for WWII 'comfort women': UN experts

Geneva - Japan should do more for victims of wartime sexual slavery, UN rights experts said at a hearing on Friday, insisting Tokyo had yet to provide full redress and reparations.

No place to hide: exiled Chinese Uighurs feel state's long reach

Paris - Sitting on the terrace of a Paris cafe, a young Chinese woman glances nervously at her mobile phone as a message from a police officer in her native Xinjiang region pops up.

Russian rights group told to quit Saint Petersburg offices

Sanktpeterburg - Authorities in Saint Petersburg have moved to evict Russia's main human rights NGO Memorial from the offices it has occupied in the country's second city for over 20 years, the group said Thursday.

Ukrainian rights activist claims Poland banned her from Schengen zone

Warsaw - A Ukrainian human rights activist on Thursday claimed that Warsaw had banned her from Poland and the rest of the Schengen zone in what she called "a political affair".

Russian teens moved from jail to house arrest after protests

Moscow - A Russian court on Thursday moved two teenagers accused of "extremism" from prison to house arrest the day after hundreds of people took to the streets in Moscow demanding their release.

Vietnam activist gets 20 years for 'inciting protests'

Hanoi - An outspoken activist in Vietnam was jailed for 20 years Thursday for allegedly calling for an election boycott and inciting environmental protests in the one-party state that has little tolerance for dissent.

US newspapers hit back at Trump, defend free press

Washington - US newspapers big and small hit back Thursday at President Donald Trump's relentless attacks on the news media, with a coordinated campaign of editorials highlighting the importance of a free press.

Amnesty says Turkey chair to be released from Izmir jail

Istanbul - An Istanbul court on Wednesday ordered the release of Amnesty International's Turkey chair who has spent more than a year in jail over alleged links to the 2016 failed coup, the rights group said.

Iran rights advocate spy sentence unlawful: defence team

Tehran - Lawyers for Iran's award-winning human rights advocate Nasrin Sotoudeh said Wednesday that her five-year sentence on spying charges was unlawful as she was never charged or given the chance to appear in court.

Rights groups slam Egypt 5 years after deadly protest crackdown

Beirut - Global rights groups have slammed Egyptian authorities for failing to prosecute members of the security forces over a bloody 2013 crackdown on protesters that left hundreds dead.

Amnesty launches external probes after second staff suicide

London - Rights group Amnesty International said on Monday it will conduct "full and independent external inquiries" into the suicides of two of its staff in the last three months.

Tunisia announces draft bill to give women equal inheritance

Tunis - Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi on Monday announced plans to submit a draft bill to parliament equalising inheritance rights between men and women.

Philippines' Duterte to visit Israel next month

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is to make an official visit to Israel next month, his government said Monday, nearly two years after he sparked outrage by likening his deadly drug war to the Holocaust.

Western filmmakers urge action to save Ukraine's Sentsov

Paris - Britain's Ken Loach, Canada's David Cronenberg and dozens of other filmmakers called Monday on Russia to free Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike for nearly three months in a Siberian jail.

China denies internment of 1 mn Uighurs

Geneva - China vehemently denied Monday allegations that one million of its mostly Muslim Uighur minority are being held in internment camps, insisting all ethnic groups in the country are treated equally.

Politicians involved in murder of Brazilian activist: govt

Rio De Janeiro - Politicians and public servants have been linked to the murder of high-profile Brazilian lawmaker and black rights activist Marielle Franco, Brazil's security minister Raul Jungmann said late Friday.

New UN rights chief Bachelet will face world of hate: Guterres

New York - Chile's former president Michelle Bachelet will face a world of rising hate and inequality as the newly-appointed UN human rights chief, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday.

Macron to discuss Ukraine hunger striker Sentsov with Putin

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron will on Friday discuss with Vladimir Putin the case of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike in a Russian jail for almost three months, Macron's office said.

Canada asks for help in Saudi dispute

Ottawa - Canada is quietly working back channels to prod allies including Germany and Sweden to help resolve its row with Saudi Arabia, a government source confirmed Thursday.

Mali security forces accused of killing civilians: UN report

New York - Mali's security forces are facing allegations of killing civilians, dozens of whom were summarily executed during recent operations against Islamist militias, according to a UN report seen by AFP on Thursday.

Malaysia govt slammed over removal of LGBT portraits

Kuala Lumpur - The Malaysian government came under fire Thursday for ordering the removal of two LGBT activists' portraits from an exhibition, with campaigners labelling it an attack on the "dignity" of the gay community.

Chile's Bachelet picked to be UN rights chief

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday announced the appointment of Michelle Bachelet, Chile's twice-serving president who endured torture under the Pinochet regime, as the world body's next human rights chief.

Chile's Bachelet picked to be UN rights chief: diplomats

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is set to appoint Michelle Bachelet, Chile's twice-serving president who endured torture under the Pinochet regime, as the world body's new human rights chief, diplomats said Wednesday.

Saudi rules out mediation in Canada row, mulls new measures

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Wednesday ruled out any mediation in an escalating diplomatic row with Canada, adding that the kingdom was considering further punitive measures against Ottawa.

Ukrainian hunger striker Sentsov says 'end is near': cousin

Moscow - Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is in a "catastrophically bad" state and could be close to death after hunger striking in a Russian jail for nearly three months, his cousin said Wednesday.

Ukrainian hunger-striker Sentsov has lost 30 kg, in 'bad' state: lawyer

Moscow - Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has lost 30 kilograms (66 pounds) and is suffering heart problems after hunger striking in a Russian prison for almost three months, his lawyer told AFP on Tuesday.

Saudi-Canada row leaves US in tight diplomatic spot

Washington - The sharp diplomatic row between Saudi Arabia and Canada has left Washington -- partners and allies of both -- in a bind, but the State Department on Tuesday nevertheless urged Riyadh to respect due process for detained activists.

Saudi seeks to silence foreign critics as Canada row erupts

Apo - Saudi Arabia's diplomatic rupture with Canada underscores the kingdom's newly combative foreign policy to tame international criticism after a crackdown on domestic critics, as it struggles to implement risky reforms, analysts say.
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