Human rights and civil liberties

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sits with fellow Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee during a bill markup, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Omar stirred controversy last week saying that Israel's supporters are pushing U.S. lawmakers to take a pledge of "allegiance to a foreign country." Omar is not apologizing for that remark, and progressives are supporting her. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 06, 2019 - 2:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Back in January, the Democrats welcomed their brash young newcomers to Congress with smiles and hugs. That was before the new colleagues dragged the party's simmering divisions over Israel out in the open. Provocative comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota have thrust the...
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March 06, 2019 - 6:42 am
CAIRO (AP) — Dozens of Egyptian activists, rights defenders and journalists have been targeted by digital phishing attacks in the last two months, likely by their own government, an international rights group said Wednesday. Amnesty International said it analyzed dozens of suspicious emails and the...
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March 06, 2019 - 4:28 am
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief is expressing disappointment with Israel over its "immediate dismissal" of a report about deadly violence by Israel security forces against protesters in Gaza last year. Wednesday's comments from Michelle Bachelet, a former Chilean president, came during...
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FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2017 file photo, a Kurdish security officer orders a displaced man from Hawija to sit down as they try to determine if the men being held were associated with the Islamic State group, at a Kurdish screening center in Dibis, Iraq. In a report released Wednesday, March 6, 2019, Human Rights Watch said Iraqi and Kurdistan Regional Government authorities have charged hundreds of children with terrorism for alleged affiliation with IS, often using torture to coerce confessions. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen, File)
March 06, 2019 - 3:40 am
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq and the Kurdish regional government have charged hundreds of children with terrorism for alleged affiliation with the Islamic State group, often using torture to coerce confessions, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. In a report, the New York-based group estimated that Iraqi...
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March 06, 2019 - 2:30 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent human rights lawyer in Iran who defended protesters against the Islamic Republic's mandatory headscarves for women has been convicted and faces years in prison, an activist group said Wednesday. The conviction of Nasrin Sotoudeh, who previously served...
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra discusses the decision that his office will not file charges against the two Sacramento Police officers in last years fatal shooting of Stephon Clark, during a news conference, Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
March 05, 2019 - 9:09 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general announced Tuesday that he won't charge two Sacramento police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year, joining a local prosecutor in finding that the officers reasonably believed Stephon Clark had a gun as he moved toward them...
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File - In this June 4, 2018, file photo, baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, manages his shop in Lakewood, Colo. The state of Colorado and Phillips who refuses to make wedding cakes for gay and transgender customers on religious grounds have agreed to end their legal fight. A statement from the Colorado Attorney General's office on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, announced that the state and cakeshop owner Jack Phillips mutually agreed to end litigation in state and federal courts. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
March 05, 2019 - 7:26 pm
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds — a stance partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — and state officials said Tuesday that they would end a separate legal fight over his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2018 file photo, protesters hold signs supporting Planned Parenthood in Seattle, as they demonstrate against President Donald Trump and his choice of federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his second nominee to the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, the American Medical Association and Planned Parenthood jointly filed a federal court lawsuit challenging a new Trump administration rule for family-planning grants which had been sought by anti-abortion activists. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
March 05, 2019 - 5:49 pm
A new Trump administration rule for family-planning grants could trigger a national public health crisis, the American Medical Association and Planned Parenthood said in a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the rule. The new rule, announced last week by the Department of Health and Human Services, would...
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra leaves leaves the Calvary Christian Center after meeting with SeQuette Clark, Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. Becerra is expected later today to announce the results of his criminal investigation into the shooting death of Clark's son, Stephon Clark, by Sacramento police officers last year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
March 05, 2019 - 4:35 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California attorney general's decision on whether to charge officers who killed an unarmed black man last year (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Federal authorities are opening their own investigation into Sacramento police officers' fatal shooting last year...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 file photo, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Chilean Michelle Bachelet, speaks during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The U.N. human rights chief has delayed publication of a report on companies doing business in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, saying her office needs more time to complete a sensitive and unprecedented task. The move by Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 follows a campaign by the United States and others to squelch publication of what Israel called a “blacklist” that could drive away companies (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP, file)
March 05, 2019 - 12:42 pm
GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief has delayed publication of a report on companies doing business in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, saying in a letter made public Tuesday that her office needs more time to carry out a complex and unprecedented task — one with deep...
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