Latest Political imprisonment News

Rights group: Nicaragua plans charges for detained activists

Nov. 17, 2019 4:48 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Authorities will file charges against a group of anti-government opposition activists, including 13 who were arrested for supporting protesters demanding freedom for people they consider political prisoners, a rights group said Sunday. María Oviedo, a lawyer with the...

22 Algerians convicted for waving Berber flag at protests

Nov. 12, 2019 9:10 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian court has sentenced 22 young protesters to a year in prison for waving Berber flags at pro-democracy demonstrations that have shaken the country's political system all year. The verdict was handed down early Tuesday after a tense, marathon trial marked by demonstrations...

Texan gets 3 years over fake PAC funding in 2016 election

Oct. 29, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas man must serve three years in federal prison for creating fake political action committees in 2016 supporting Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that raised more than $500,000. Kyle Gerald Prall of Austin was sentenced Tuesday. The 40-year-old Prall in May pleaded...

Germany charges 2 suspected former Syrian secret police

Oct. 29, 2019 8:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Tuesday they have charged two suspected former members of Syria's secret police with crimes against humanity in a case that human rights campaigners say marks a major step in the fight to hold to account Syrian officials responsible for atrocities in the country's...

Tens of thousands march in Barcelona urging Spanish unity

Oct. 27, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Tens of thousands of people marched in Barcelona on Sunday to protest the separatist movement in the northeastern Catalonia region that has created Spain's worst political crisis in decades. Barcelona's police said 80,000 people rallied, with many carrying Spanish and Catalan flags....

Separatists clash with police in Barcelona after huge rally

Oct. 26, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Police and violent protesters in Spain's restive Catalonia region clashed Saturday after a massive rally in Barcelona against the imprisonment of nine separatist leaders for their roles in an illegal 2017 secession bid. The flare-up in violence came after a week of tense calm...

The Latest: Police, separatists clash in Barcelona

Oct. 26, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on clashes in Barcelona between police and separatists (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Police are clashing with a large group of Catalan separatists in downtown Barcelona in a flareup of violence in the restive Spanish region. Several hundred mostly masked protesters have...

Russian woman who infiltrated US politics out of prison

Oct. 25, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A tantalizing chapter in Russia's efforts to collect intelligence on American politics came to a close on Friday as a woman who worked as a covert agent was released from prison to be returned to her home country. Maria Butina, a gun rights activist who sought to infiltrate...

Hong Kong protesters rally in support of Catalan movement

Oct. 24, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A few hundred Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters rallied Thursday in support of separatists in Spain's Catalonia region, as a Chinese official accused them of colluding with overseas movements. Organizers billed the event as a show of solidarity for the Catalan movement, which was sparked...

UN expert: Iran executes children in violation of rights law

Oct. 23, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran executed seven child offenders last year and two so far this year even though human rights law prohibits the death penalty for anyone under age 18, a U.N. independent human rights expert said Wednesday. Javaid Rehman also told the U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee...