Collateral deaths, greater explosives use raise Afghan casualties toll

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 31 (UPI) -- The toll of Afghan civilians killed or harmed since December rose 23 percent, due mainly to increased explosives use, the United Nations reported.

U.N.: Afghan civilian casualties decrease

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The number of civilian casualties in the Afghan war fell in 2012 for the first time since 2007, a U.N. report indicated.

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Afghan prisons accused of torture

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Afghan prisons continue to defy a United Nations call to end the torture of detainees. a U.N. report said.

Executions come amid peace process effort

KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- The latest executions of Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan come even as President Hamid Karzai's government seeks to resume peace effort with insurgents.

Record number of Afghan civilians killed

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The number of civilians killed in the war in Afghanistan rose for a fifth straight year in 2011 to a record 3,021, a U.N. report said.

Rights group sees violations in Sudan

KHARTOUM, Sudan, April 26 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch charged Monday Sudan's just-completed presidential elections were marred by "political oppression and human rights violations."

Rights abuses threaten Sudan elections

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, March 21 (UPI) -- Political repression and other rights abuses threaten chances of a fair general election in the Sudan, a rights advocacy group charges.

Rwandan gov't said intimidating opponents

KIGALI, Rwanda, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Rwanda's upcoming presidential election is sparking threats and attacks on opposition party members, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Yemen accused of rights abuses

SANA'A, Yemen, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Yemen systematically arrests and deports Ethiopian asylum seekers, a human rights group charges in a report urging the United Nations to intervene.

HRW: Elite guards planned Guinea massacre

CONAKRY, Guinea, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The Sept. 28 massacre at a rally in Conakry, Guinea, was organized and carried out by the Presidential Guard, a human rights organization said Tuesday.

Kenya's tribunal stance draws criticism

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Kenya's move against establishing a tribunal to deliver justice for the victims of post-election violence is a U-turn from earlier commitments, advocates say.

Darfur arrests called 'window dressing'

NEW YORK, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A U.S. human rights group says Sudan's recent legal moves against accused perpetrators of genocidal acts in Darfur is "window dressing."

Report: Free Angolan elections in doubt

LUANDA, Angola, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Free, fair parliamentary elections in Angola are threatened by governmental intimidation of opposition parties and media, a human rights group said Wednesday.

Soldiers accused of civilian violence

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 11 (UPI) -- Ethiopian soldiers are accused of committing acts of rape, torture and executions against civilians in eastern Ethiopia's Somali region, a rights group says.
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