Latest Political imprisonment News

Belarus opposition figure returned to prison after surgery

Dec. 05, 2022 12:27 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Maria Kolesnikova, a prominent member of the Belarusian opposition serving an 11-year prison sentence for helping stage anti-government protests, was taken back to prison after undergoing an operation for a perforated ulcer, her father said Monday. Alexander...

Australian jailed in Myanmar applauded in Parliament

Dec. 01, 2022 03:34 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sean Turnell, an Australian economist who spent almost two years imprisoned in Myanmar, received a hero’s welcome Thursday at Australia’s Parliament House where lawmakers rose in a standing ovation and the prime minister praised his courage, optimism and resilience....

Venezuelan publisher receives award from US book association

Nov. 30, 2022 08:32 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — One of Venezuela's few remaining independent publishers is being honored by the Association of American Publishers, the trade association announced Wednesday. Editorial Dahbar, which publishes books that include interviews with political prisoners and critiques of...

Inter-American Human Rights Court says Nicaragua in contempt

Nov. 29, 2022 19:40 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Inter-American Human Rights Court declared the government of Nicaragua in contempt of court Tuesday for ignoring its rulings on political prisoners. The court is an arm of the Organization of American States, which Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has...

Japan filmmaker freed from Myanmar prison vows to tell story

Nov. 28, 2022 03:24 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Toru Kubota, a Japanese journalist who was arrested while covering a protest in military-ruled Myanmar and detained for more than three months, said his experience made him more determined to tell the story of people there. “I feel I can understand their feelings...

From prisoner to PM, Malaysia's Anwar had long ride to top

Nov. 24, 2022 19:42 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — More than two decades after his dramatic ouster from government and imprisonment, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim finally has his day. Anwar was named Malaysia’s 10th prime minister by the nation’s king and sworn in Thursday, trumping a...

Egypt announces freedom, mass pardon for 30 jailed activists

Nov. 24, 2022 15:29 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt announced late Thursday the release of 30 political activists from jail, the latest in a series of mass releases from detention amid intensifying international scrutiny over the country's human rights record. There was no immediate word on the identities of the...

Imprisoned Russian activist honored with human rights award

Nov. 18, 2022 04:16 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — An imprisoned Russian opposition activist who was honored by a human rights advocacy group dedicated his award to the thousands of people who have been arrested or detained in Russia for protesting President Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine. UN Watch, a Geneva-based...

Family: Egypt activist very, very thin after hunger strike

Nov. 17, 2022 14:56 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The family of imprisoned Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah said they were allowed to see him for the first time in nearly a month on Thursday and that he is “very very thin” after ending a hunger strike that prompted widespread concern for his health. The...

Russian opposition leader Navalny sent to tiny one-man cell

Nov. 17, 2022 11:47 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been transferred to a one-man cell, according to a post Thursday on his social media account. Navalny was placed in solitary confinement, also called a “punishment cell,” on Nov. 1 but could only be held...