Latest Political imprisonment News

Ex-South Korean President Roh Tae-woo dies at 88

Oct. 26, 2021 07:08 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former South Korean President Roh Tae-woo, a major player in a 1979 coup who later became president in a landmark democratic election before ending his tumultuous political career in prison, died in hospital on Tuesday in the capital of Seoul. He was 88. ...

Frenchman tied to far-right abduction charged with terrorism

Oct. 23, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A former politician who called for the overthrow of the French government has been charged with terrorism in connection with what authorities have said was an extreme-right plot to attack vaccination centers, a masonic lodge and other targets. Rémy...

Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramirez to live in exile in Spain

Oct. 22, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Writer and former Nicaraguan Vice President Sergio Ramírez announced Friday he will go live in Spain, after the government of President Daniel Ortega tried to arrest him and banned his latest book. The 79-year-old writer served as vice...

Nicaragua arrests 2 business leaders in continuing crackdown

Oct. 21, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua’s national police arrested two leaders of the country’s top private business association Thursday, just one day after a regional body called for the immediate release of political prisoners. A police statement said Michael Healy...

Jailed Russian opposition leader Navalny wins top EU prize

Oct. 20, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who narrowly survived a poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin, was awarded the European Union’s top human rights prize Wednesday in a clear slap at President Vladimir Putin. In awarding the...

Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny wins the European Union's top human rights prize

Oct. 20, 2021 09:00 AM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny wins the European Union's top human rights prize.

Crowds outside Myanmar's prisons greet freed detainees

Oct. 19, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Crowds gathered Tuesday outside prisons around Myanmar, waiting for at least a glimpse of friends and relatives who were being freed under an amnesty for people arrested for protesting against military rule. The head of the army-installed government,...

Myanmar leader says ASEAN blind to opposition's violence

Oct. 18, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The leader of Myanmar’s military-installed government said Monday that other Southeast Asian countries should share responsibility for failing to help quell the violence that has engulfed his nation since the army seized power in February. Senior Gen....

US: Nicaragua's elections 'have lost all credibility'

Oct. 14, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The U.S. State Department said Thursday that next month’s presidential elections in Nicaragua “have lost all credibility” because of President Daniel Ortega’s arrests of critics and seven potential challengers. Starting in May, Ortega...

Navalny, Afghan women on shortlist for EU rights prize

Oct. 14, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and a group of Afghan women are on the shortlist to win to European Union's top human righs prize. Completing the trio of final nominees for the Sakharov Prize is imprisoned Bolivian politician and...