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ShanghaiPRIDE halts its 12-year ride over 'safety'

Shanghai - China's longest-running LGBTQ group, ShanghaiPRIDE, has said it is stopping all its activities and events "to protect the safety of all involved".

Don't Execute: viral campaign to stop Iran protester hangings

Paris - A campaign on a rare scale uniting activists and personalities inside Iran and out is pressing Tehran not to execute men detained over anti-government protests, but faces an uphill struggle.

Saudi ex-spy chief's lawsuit spotlights secret power plays

Riyadh - A former Saudi intelligence czar's lawsuit in the US courts makes a host of incendiary claims, including that the powerful crown prince tried to have him killed, and threatens to spill more royal secrets.

Lukashenko: Tainted strongman on Europe's doorstep

Minsk - Strongman Alexander Lukashenko has ruled over ex-Soviet Belarus for nearly three decades and says he cannot bear to part with his "beloved" country.

Lukashenko: Soviet-style autocrat on Europe's doorstep

Minsk - Strongman Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled over ex-Soviet Belarus for nearly three decades, is facing down the greatest challenge to his rule ahead of presidential elections on Sunday.

Egypt highway uproots graves, homes in 'City of Dead'

Apo - Egyptian mother-of-three Menna said she was caught off guard when a bulldozer clearing space for a controversial highway flattened much of a mausoleum that doubled as her home in a sprawling cemetery.

Thousands protest in Poland after LGBT activist's arrest

Warsaw - Thousands of people protested across Poland on Saturday waving rainbow flags, a day after a gay rights activist was taken into custody for two months of pre-trial detention.

Polish police detain 48 protesting LGBT activist's arrest

Warsaw - Polish police said Saturday they detained about 50 demonstrators who tried to prevent the arrest of a gay rights activist in the capital Warsaw, which sparked criticism from rights groups.

Pakistan demands Kashmir action while ignoring China's Uighurs

Islamabad - Even as Pakistan this week drew international attention to the plight of Muslims in Indian Kashmir, Islamabad stayed conspicuously silent about another embattled Muslim community -- China's Uighur population.

Pompeo urges no vote for Cuba on Human Rights Council

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged UN members not to support Cuba's bid to join the organization's Human Rights Council.

Thousands protest in Turkey against domestic violence

Istanbul - Thousands of women in Turkey took to the streets on Wednesday to demand that the government does not withdraw from a landmark treaty on preventing domestic violence.

Anger in Togo after government accused of using spyware on critics

Lom - A Togolese civil society coalition on Wednesday accused the government of spying on the public after it was reported that six critics of President Faure Gnassingbe, including Catholic leaders, had been victims of a hacking campaign.

Trump avoids praising deceased civil rights hero John Lewis

Washington - US President Donald Trump said he doesn't know how history will remember civil rights activist John Lewis, but that "he chose not to come to my inauguration," in an interview with US media.

EU chief marks Roma Holocaust Memorial Day with call for solidarity

Apo - European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen marked Roma Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday with an appeal to EU member states to protect today's minorities from discrimination and racism.

Massive protests in Russia's far east rattle Kremlin

Khabarovsk - Locals say a struggle for democratic freedoms is unfolding in the far eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk, where the arrest of a popular governor has unleashed massive protests.

US punishes China state-within-state in Xinjiang over rights

Washington - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a major paramilitary group with vast interests in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, accusing it of facilitating widespread abuses against Uighur Muslims.

US slaps sanctions on Chinese paramilitary body in Xinjiang

Washington - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a major paramilitary group with vast interests in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, accusing it of abuses against Uighurs and other mostly Muslim groups.

Rights groups urge release of Algerian journalist

Tunis - Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF), fellow journalists and rights groups called Thursday for Algerian authorities to release detained journalist Khaled Drareni.

Australia accused of failing scholar jailed in Iran

Sydney - Friends of a British-Australian academic jailed in Iran on spying charges launched a public campaign to win her freedom Thursday, saying that Australia's strategy of quiet diplomacy had failed.

Thousands of migrants dying on trek across Africa: UN

Geneva - Thousands of migrants have died after suffering "extreme" abuse while crossing Africa, according to a UN report on Wednesday that estimated 72 people perish each month on the continent's routes.

Peaceful protests a 'fundamental human right': UN watchdog

Geneva - As authorities worldwide grapple with swelling demonstrations over issues like political rights and racial justice, a UN committee on Wednesday reaffirmed that protesting peacefully, online or in person, is a fundamental human right.

For Colombian activist Francia Marquez, clean water is worth the fight

Cali - A year ago, Francia Marquez was attacked with grenades and automatic weapons, targeted for defending clean water against mining pollution in the black community where she lived in Colombia's southwest Cauca department.

Record 212 environmental activists murdered in 2019: NGO

Paris - At least 212 environmental campaigners worldwide were murdered in 2019, making last year the deadliest on record for frontline activists battling the destruction of Nature, watchdog group Global Witness reported Wednesday.

Philippines: deadliest country in Asia for land defenders

Manila - The Philippines was the deadliest country in Asia for land and environmental defenders again last year while slipping to second most dangerous in the world behind Colombia, a watchdog said Wednesday.

UK-Australian academic moved to harsh Iranian jail

Sydney - A jailed British-Australian academic has been moved to a notorious prison outside Tehran, Australian officials said Tuesday, issuing a blunt warning to Iranian authorities that they are responsible for her safety.

Women defectors returned to N. Korea face sexual abuse: UN

Seoul - North Korean women face widespread sexual violations by state security and police officials if they are forcibly returned after a failed attempt to flee, the UN's rights body said Tuesday.

US civil rights icon John Lewis lying in state at Capitol

Washington - The body of Congressman John Lewis was lying in state at the US Capitol on Monday as Americans paid their final tributes to the civil rights icon.

High and dry: developed Cambodian wetlands raise flood risk

Phnom Penh - More than a million Cambodians are at risk from increased flooding and worsening food security, NGOs warned Monday, due to the destruction and gradual filling-in of Phnom Penh's wetlands by politically connected developers.

Childhood trauma driving equality push by S. Korean MP

Seoul - When Jang Hye-yeong was 13 the strain of caring for her disabled sister tore her family apart.

Rights icon Lewis in a final solemn crossing of an Alabama bridge

Selma - In a deeply symbolic tribute, a lone caisson drawn by two black horses on Sunday slowly carried the body of John Lewis across the Alabama bridge where in 1965 a policeman fractured his skull during a protest that helped forge his reputation as a fearle...
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