human rights abuses

NAIROBI, Kenya | Kenya launches internal police probe to help reform force

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s internal security minister Friday launched a police internal affairs unit to investigate allegations of abuses in the force including corruption and accusations that officers kill suspects and perpetrate other human rights abuses. The new investigation body has been welcomed with optimism by some rights activists, but many remain skeptical on its … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Kenya launches internal police probe to help reform force

WASHINGTON | US weighs in on political crisis in Sri Lanka

WASHINGTON — The United States has weighed in on a political crisis that has engulfed the Indian Ocean island nation of Sri Lanka since the president abruptly fired the prime minister and replaced him with an authoritarian former leader who has been accused of serious human rights abuses. State Department spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US weighs in on political crisis in Sri Lanka

LIMA, Peru | Judge frees Peru opposition leader Keiko Fujimori

LIMA, Peru — An appeals judge has freed Peru’s opposition leader Keiko Fujimori a week after she was arrested as part of an ongoing money laundering probe. The daughter of former strongman Alberto Fujimori cried as the judge read aloud his ruling Wednesday night. Several critics heckled Fujimori as she left the courthouse. She remains … Continue reading LIMA, Peru | Judge frees Peru opposition leader Keiko Fujimori

BEIJING | China denies visa for BuzzFeed writer in likely retaliation

BEIJING  — China has refused to renew the journalist visa for an American correspondent for BuzzFeed News in what appears to be punishment for her reporting on topics considered sensitive by the authorities. Megha Rajagopalan tweeted Wednesday that the foreign ministry declined to issue her a new visa in May. She said the ministry indicated … Continue reading BEIJING | China denies visa for BuzzFeed writer in likely retaliation

WASHINGTON | US sanctions Myanmar forces for alleged human rights abuses

WASHINGTON  — The U.S. Treasury on Friday slapped sanctions on members of the Myanmar security forces for their alleged role in violent campaigns against ethnic minorities across the troubled nation in Southeast Asia. Myanmar security forces have engaged in ethnic cleansing, massacres, sexual assault, extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses, said Sigal Mandelker, undersecretary … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US sanctions Myanmar forces for alleged human rights abuses

KABUL, Afghanistan | The Latest: 11 killed in blast near airport in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Hashmat Stanekzai, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, said that 11 people, including both civilians and military forces, have been killed in the suicide attack near Kabul’s airport shortly after the country’s controversial first vice president landed on his return from … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | The Latest: 11 killed in blast near airport in Afghanistan

SEOUL, South Korea  | A look at N. Korea’s human rights abuses Trump played down

SEOUL, South Korea — It was just months ago when President Donald Trump used his first State of the Union address to condemn the cruelty of North Korea’s government. But after his historic summit on Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom he described as “very smart” and having a “great personality,” Trump … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea  | A look at N. Korea’s human rights abuses Trump played down

Pence out to counter NKorean ‘propaganda’ at Olympic games

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea  /February 8, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Vice President Mike Pence is trying to counter North Korean “propaganda” around the Winter Olympics with his own symbolism and rhetoric, shining a spotlight on the North’s nuclear weapons program and human rights abuses. Eager to put a reality check on the thaw in relations between the … Continue reading Pence out to counter NKorean ‘propaganda’ at Olympic games