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Rights group files complaint in Germany in Khashoggi killing

BERLIN (AP) — An international media rights group has filed a complaint with German prosecutors against Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and four other top officials accusing them of crimes against humanity over allegations they were involved in the killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, authorities said Tuesday. The German federal prosecutors office in Karlsruhe told … Read more

Supreme Court could put new limits on voting rights lawsuits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight years after carving the heart out of a landmark voting rights law, the Supreme Court is looking at putting new limits on efforts to combat racial discrimination in voting. The justices are taking up a case about Arizona restrictions on ballot collection and another policy that penalizes voters who cast ballots … Read more

Rights monitor says 3 dead as protests rage in southern Iraq

The Guardian What the Neera Tanden affair reveals about the Washington DC swamp In defense of an awful nominee and a corrupt DC culture, Republicans engage in hypocrisy while Democrats trample the causes they purport to care about ‘As evidenced by her record, Tanden is a victim in the same way war is peace, which … Read more

UPDATE 1-U.N. human rights boss urges Saudi Arabia to allow free speech, assembly

(Adds EU speech in new paragraphs 5-6) GENEVA, Feb 26 (Reuters) – United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, in rare public comments on Saudi Arabia, said on Friday that people were unlawfully held in the kingdom and urged it to uphold freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly. Bachelet, addressing the U.N. … Read more

UN rights chief cites ‘need’ to assess rights in Xinjiang

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations’ human rights chief on Friday cited the need for an “independent and comprehensive assessment” of the rights situation in China’s Xinjiang region, while emphasizing that activists, lawyers and rights defenders face unfair charges, detention and trials in China. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said her office … Read more

U.N. rights experts to issue findings on Navalny case on Monday

GENEVA, Feb 26 (Reuters) – United Nations human rights investigators will issue their findings on the case of Kremlin critic Andrei Navalny on Monday, a U.N. statement said on Friday. The opposition politician was arrested in Moscow in January upon returning from Germany following treatment for poisoning with what many Western countries say was a … Read more

Biden raises human rights in call with Saudi king as intelligence officials to release report on Khashoggi killing

(Independent) President Joe Biden has spoken with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia ahead of the release of a report from US intelligence officials that is expected to reveal that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved and likely ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. A White House report of their … Read more

Secretary of State Blinken says U.S. will seek to rejoin UN Human Rights Council

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday the U.S. will seek election to the United Nations Human Rights Council next year after the country left the body during the Trump administration. Why it matters: The council is a body of 47 countries and is responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the globe. Get … Read more