Latest Political imprisonment News

Rights group: Dozens in Belarus investigated amid protests

Sep. 22, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Belarus, that's seen six weeks of protests against the country's authoritarian president after a disputed election, have opened more than 250 criminal cases that target political opponents, activists and protesters, a Belarusian human rights group said Tuesday. Dozens...

FILE - In this Thursday Oct. 24, 2019 file photo, Jawar Mohammed speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at his house in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiopia's most prominent opposition figure, Jawar Mohammed, and 23 other people have been charged with terrorism-related offenses, telecom fraud and other criminal activities, the attorney general's office announced Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene, File)

Ethiopia charges prominent opposition figure with terrorism

Sep. 19, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia has charged its most prominent opposition figure, Jawar Mohammed, and 23 others with terrorism-related offenses, telecom fraud and other crimes, the attorney general’s office announced Saturday. They could face life in prison if convicted. They will appear in...

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko gestures as he addresses a women's forum in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. President Alexander Lukashenko's decision to close the borders with Poland and Lithuania underlines his repeated claim that the massive wave of protests is driven by the West and comes amid increasing criticism from the United States and the European Union. (TUT.by via AP)

Belarus borders remain open despite leader's closure threat

Sep. 18, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' borders with Poland and Lithuania remained open Friday despite the nation's president declaring they would be closed and accusing the neighboring nations of instigating nearly six weeks of protests against his 26 years of authoritarian leadership. Belarusian President...

Catalan regional President Quim Torra arrives at the Spanish Supreme Court in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020.  Spain's Supreme Court is hearing closing arguments over whether to uphold or overturn the barring from public office of Catalonia's separatist-minded regional leader. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Spanish court considers Catalan leader's removal from office

Sep. 17, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Catalonia’s regional president on Thursday vowed not to waver from his separatist cause after hearing the closing arguments at Spain’s Supreme Court, which is discussing whether to bar him from public office. Quim Torra spoke after attending the hearing at the nation’s...

Central European leaders discuss Belarus, fighting COVID-19

Sep. 11, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The prime ministers of four central European countries said Friday that a new election should be held in Belarus to allow the country's voters to decide the course of its future. “We all agree that Belarus should hold free elections so that the Belarusian nation can on its own...

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi gestures while wearing a face shield, mask and gloves during a flag-raising ceremony to mark the first day of election campaigning at the National League for Democracy party's temporary headquarters in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Myanmar holds a general election on Nov. 8 and began a sixty-day election campaign period Tuesday, which may be disrupted due to a resurgence of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

EU Parliament suspends Suu Kyi from Sakharov Prize community

Sep. 10, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament on Thursday suspended Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi from the group of former winners of its top human rights prize because of her “failure to act and her acceptance" of the oppression of the Rohingya Muslim ethnic group. A long-time political prisoner before...

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, former candidate for the Belarus' presidential elections speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Vilnius, Lithuania, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. The former English language teacher who became candidate at presidential elections in Belarus and was forced to flee to neighboring Lithuania believes that the regime will eventually be forced to give in to demands of the protestors. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Belarus opposition leader urges international sanctions

Sep. 4, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The main opposition challenger in Belarus’ disputed presidential election urged the international community on Friday to impose sanctions on “the individuals that committed electoral violations and crimes against humanity” and take other measures to stop the...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020 file photo, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks during a news conference in Montgomery, Ala. Ivey announced plans Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 to move forward with state leasing of three privately built mega prisons that would begin construction next year, in what she described as a step toward overhauling an understaffed and violence-plagued prison system beset by years of federal criticism. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler, File)

Alabama gov seeks 3 private built mega prisons, names sites

Sep. 3, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's governor announced plans Thursday to move forward with state leasing of three privately built mega prisons that would begin construction next year, in what she described as a step toward overhauling an understaffed and violence-plagued prison system beset by years of...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. The Trump administration pushed back Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2020 on Maduro, saying he deserves no praise for releasing a few political prisoners ahead of a congressional election when many more remain unjustly jailed. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Washington says pardons by Venezuela's Maduro are token acts

Sep. 1, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro should not be praised for releasing a few political opponents ahead of a congressional election, when many more opposition activists remain in jail. “Restoring constitutional rights that...

Police detain a student during a protest in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Several hundred students on Tuesday gathered in Minsk and marched through the city center, demanding the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader after an election the opposition denounced as rigged. Many have been detained as police moved to break up the crowds. (Tut.By via AP)

Scores detained as students march against Belarus president

Sep. 1, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Belarus detained scores of university students who took to the streets Tuesday to demand that authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko resign after an election the opposition has denounced as rigged. Hundreds of students gathered outside universities across the...