Latest Political imprisonment News

3 sentenced for violence at Virginia white nationalist rally

Jul. 19, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Three members of a white supremacist group were sentenced Friday to between two and three years in prison for punching, kicking and choking anti-racism protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia and political rallies in California. Members of the now-defunct Rise Above...

Venezuela frees musician jailed after blasting Maduro online

Jul. 17, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

LOS TEQUES, Venezuela (AP) — Karen Palacios' Yamaha clarinet still rests where she left it atop sheet music of a Mozart concerto that she practiced diligently the night before two strangers dressed in black lured her away in a luxury SUV. The 25-year-old musician's captors duped her into believing she was...

Italy court sentences 24 people to life for Operation Condor

Jul. 8, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A court in Italy sentenced 24 people to life in prison for their involvement in human rights crimes committed during the "Operation Condor" offensive by South American governments to hunt down dissidents within the region and beyond, the Uruguayan government said Monday. It...

Venezuelan envoy rejects 'biased' report at UN rights body

Jul. 5, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A top Venezuelan diplomat on Friday blasted what he called the "biased vision" of a report by the U.N. human rights chief chronicling torture, sexual abuse and extrajudicial killings in the country, and demanded it be "corrected." Deputy Foreign Minister William Castillo insisted the report...

Bangladesh court sentences 9 to death for '94 Hasina attack

Jul. 3, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A court in Bangladesh has sentenced nine opposition activists to death and 25 others to life in prison for an attack on a train carrying political leader Sheikh Hasina 24 years ago. The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, led by Hasina's archrival and former Prime...

4 Ukrainians released from separatist captivity

Jun. 28, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Four Ukrainian nationals on Friday were released after spending years in separatist captivity and handed over to the Ukrainian government in a rare gesture of good will. The prisoner release, originally announced on Thursday, was completed on Friday when the four men were handed over...

UN human rights chief appeals for dialogue in Venezuela

Jun. 21, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United Nations' top human rights official urged Venezuela's government and opposition Friday to put aside deep political differences and commit to dialogue aimed at ending a humanitarian crisis showing no signs of letting up. The comments by U.N. High Commissioner for Human...

OAS calls on Nicaragua to release all government opponents

Jun. 20, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The Organization of American States urged Nicaragua on Thursday to release all imprisoned government opponents, cancel the legal cases against them and restore fundamental rights. The OAS said in a statement that it applauds "the release of political prisoners," about 600 of whom...

UN human rights chief makes first visit to Venezuela

Jun. 19, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United Nations' top human rights official arrived in Venezuela Wednesday for a visit that comes amid heightened international pressure on President Nicolás Maduro for allegedly silencing opponents with jail, torture and excessive violence. On her first visit to the South...

Nicaragua says released all considered political prisoners

Jun. 18, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua said Tuesday that it has released all prisoners detained in relation to 2018 anti-government protests, though the opposition maintains that more than 80 people it considers political prisoners are still in custody. President Daniel Ortega's government said in a statement...