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.

Zimbabwe political slayings claim 36 lives

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 9 (UPI) -- A human rights group said Monday the Zimbabwean government is responsible for at least 36 political killings ahead of this month's presidential runoff election.

Human rights group says Kenya law lacking

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 15 (UPI) -- Human rights advocates say a proposal to set up a "truth commission" in Kenya is seriously flawed because it doesn't rule out amnesty for many war crimes.

Darfur rebels face torture, group says

KHARTOUM, Sudan, May 13 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said Tuesday it fears the Sudanese government is "systematically" arresting Darfur rebels and has "grave" concern for their safety.

Rights group calls for Kenyan prosecutions

NEW YORK, March 17 (UPI) -- Kenya's newly formed coalition government should prosecute those responsible for a wave of violence following its contested election, Human Rights Watch said.

Dissidents detained in Chad, group says

N'DJAMENA, Chad, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch alleges the Chadian government detained two opposition politicians despite claims to the contrary.
Group blames opposition in Kenyan violence

Group blames opposition in Kenyan violence

ELDERET, Kenya, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch says officials with Kenya's opposition Orange Democratic Movement organized ethnic-based attacks following the presidential election.

Author questions Nigeria elections

ABUJA, Nigeria, April 6 (UPI) -- Bestselling Nigerian author Chinua Achebe said corruption will invalidate the elections later this month in his homeland.

Group says people fleeing Somalia detained

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- Kenya, Ethiopia, the United States and Somalia have cooperated in a "shameful" detention of people fleeing Somalia, New York-based Human Rights Watch says.

Report: Migrants abused in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- South African officials and farmers violate the rights of migrant workers on a regular basis, Human Right Watch alleged in a new report.

Group: Sudan in 'terror' campaign

NEW YORK, April 2 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch accused Sudan Friday of crimes against humanity in the restive Darfur region.